Dollars and visits to mark Katrina anniversary
Updated 10:19 a.m. ET
The Obama administration is doling out millions in new reconstruction grants and deploying top officials as the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate on Tuesday announced about $28.4 million in federal funds for reconstruction projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. The small, but symbolic payments will help rebuild university student centers, Catholic schools and assisted living facilities, and sewage systems.
Beneficiaries include Xavier University, which has received more than $55 million in federal assistance since Katrina, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, three Louisiana parishes and one Mississippi county.
The funding announced Tuesday is part of more than $2.5 billion in aid distributed by the Obama administration for Gulf Coast reconstruction efforts, Napolitano said.
Fugate arrives in New Orleans on Wednesday for a five-day visit that includes testimony at a Senate field hearing on Thursday and visits to schools and hospital rebuilding with FEMA grants. He'll make similar stops in Mississippi.
Here's the full rundown of where Obama administration officials will visit in the coming days:
-- Fugate visits St. Bernard Parish schools.
-- Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will visit J.S. Clark Elementary School in Monroe, La.
-- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will attend a “Welcome Home” Event hosted by Rebuilding Together in New Orleans.
-- Donovan and Fugate testify at a Senate field hearing on on Katrina recovery.
-- Donovan and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Patrick Corvington speak at a rebuilding event in New Orleans.
-- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson delivers a keynote address at the "Fighting for Survival: The Vulnerability of America’s Gulf Coast and the Caribbean Basin" conference at Tulane University in New Orleans.
-- Fugate tours three FEMA-funded recovery projects in New Orleans.
-- Duncan visits the Kids College at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. to discuss teacher recruitment efforts and then stops at George C. Hall Elementary School in Mobile, Ala.
-- Donovan speaks at the Silver Lining Breakfast sponsored by the Louisiana Recovery Disaster Foundation.
-- Jackson meets with volunteers at the “Wave of Green” in City Park, then speaks at the TEDxNOLA conference in Le Petit Theatre, and finishes her day with a visit to the Wilson School to discuss EPA's work in the Gulf.
-- Fugate tours recovery projects in Biloxi, Miss., including a fire station, Biloxi Light House, and a highway project.
-- Covington speaks at the Louisiana Organization of Non-profit Organizations conference on community service and volunteerism. He later speaks at a "community dialogue" about CNCS's work in the region and finishes with an event to celebrate the efforts of Reach Out and Read, an organization that has given out 1 million books to children.
-- Covington participates in a ribbon cutting hosted by Rebuilding Together. Then he attends a Tulane University event to thank about 1,200 volunteers for their work. He later visits a Greater NOLA Habitat for Humanity building site.
-- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy FEMA Administrator Rich Serino visit Mississippi.
-- Jackson attends an interfaith service in New Orleans and later attends a candlelight vigil.
-- President Obama delivers remarks at an anniversary event.
RELATED: Hurricane Katrina: Five Years Later
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
• Cabinet and Staff News: President and Mrs. Obama dined Tuesday evening with Valerie Jarrett and Vernon and Anne Jordan. Vice President Biden continues touting the administration's work for small business by visiting a ... wait for it .... small business, in Washington, D.C. House Minority Leader John Boehner wants Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers fired. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered to resign over the Shirley Sherrod affair. A profile of Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.
• CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen: An off-shoot -- rather than the core group now based in Pakistan -- is the most urgent threat to U.S. security, officials said.
• Self-described CIA assassin dies in gun accident: Roland W. Haas died over the weekend when he accidentally shot himself.
• Defense official discloses cyberattack: Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III says malicious code placed on the drive by a foreign intelligence agency uploaded itself onto a network run by the U.S. military's Central Command.
• Officer: Marines oppose lifting 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Its top officer said there is widespread opposition to allowing gays to serve openly. But he's retiring this fall regardless.
• Summer at the Naval Academy means the running of the plebes: Few of the more than 3 million incoming freshmen have endured the six-week Plebe Summer in Annapolis.
• Md. and D.C. among winners of second-round Race to the Top grants: Other winners include Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.
• FDA's new rules signal closer look at Egg firms: It will conduct hundreds of inspections to ensure producers adhere to newly implemented safety rules.
• Fairs help job-seekers with security clearances connect with intelligence firms: At a check-in booth, organizers asked, "What's your clearance level?" and passed each candidate an appropriately colored sticker.
• Testimony: Response to gulf well explosion hurt by lack of gear: A lack of proper technical gear and the inability to receive large e-mails from shore hampered efforts to shut the flow of oil after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
• White House will appeal judge’s stem cell ruling: This as stunned advocates and lawmakers sought to digest the implications of the decision.
MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE:
• How the Minerals Management Service's partnership with industry led to failure: The agency often adopted language provided by the oil industry's trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, and incorporated it into the Federal Register.
• SEC: Ex-Countrywide chief approved special loans: Angelo Mozilo personally approved mortgages for favored borrowers that violated the company's policies and lending standards
| August 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: 44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Eye Opener
Save & Share: Previous: Vilsack e-mails USDA staffers about Sherrod
Next: A 'top secret' job fair in D.C. area (Video)
Posted by: dnz4joy | August 25, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: itkonlyyou248 | August 25, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: poppysue85 | August 25, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: kishorgala | August 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: carlbatey | August 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: HitEleven | August 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Airborne82 | August 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Airborne82 | August 25, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jerry6421 | August 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: mightyheidi | August 25, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Clio2 | August 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jiji1 | August 25, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.