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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/16/2011

FEMA invites executives to work at headquarters

By Ylan Q. Mui

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun inviting private-sector executives to work at its headquarters for the first time, part of the agency's renewed outreach to corporate America and a tacit acknowledgment that government cannot handle disasters alone.

Under the program, a key initiative of FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, corporate executives in industries ranging from retail to energy spend three months at the agency's response coordination center and serve as a liaison to the business world, particularly during a disaster. The executives also get a seat at the table for key meetings to provide a private-sector perspective.

"You can't be successful if you only look at what government can do," said Fugate, calling such an approach "myopic." "This is kind of like everybody figuring out what you're really good at."

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By Ylan Q. Mui  | February 16, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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