Brian Kamoie, 41, will oversee a vast portfolio of federal grants used by states and cities to prevent and respond to terrorism and other disasters, the
Kamoie takes control of the FEMA grant program as the Obama administration pursues a controversial consolidation of $2 billion in preparedness funding it says will streamline a system that grew unwieldy following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Some local officials, including many in Maryland, are concerned that the overhaul will make less money available for homeland security.
In a statement, Kamoie said he looks forward "to working closely with our partners across the nation to enhance our preparedness."
The Pennsylvania native earned a bachelor's degree at Dickinson College and a law degree at
He is married to Laura Kamoie, a history professor at the
Kamoie was a lead strategist in the Obama administration's response to the
Before serving on the White House staff he worked at the Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response.
Kamoie's appointment does not require