The embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Administration has been sent back to Washington, and a Coast Guard Admiral has been named to run relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it was announced at a FEMA press conference today.

Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen will assume command of relief operations, replacing FEMA Director Michael Brown, who has been criticized for his handling of relief operations following the hurricane.

In the press conference, Admiral Allen said he was told this morning by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that he would be heading up the operations.

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