January 16, 2013
Former FEMA Executive Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest Charge
The Washington Post reports the following:
A former Federal Emergency Management Agency executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to arranging employment with a polling and consulting firm that held a multimillion-dollar contract with the agency.
Former FEMA human resources director Timothy W. Cannon, 63, landed an offer for a six-figure job offer with The Gallup Organization while arranging a $6 million contract for the company to handle the agency’s “BEST Workforce Initiative,” according to a news release from the Justice Department.
Cannon, who led FEMA’s human resources division from July 2007 through February 2009, pleaded guilty to a conflict of interest charge Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He faces a penalty of up to five years in federal prison.