Leaders of ProtectingAmerica.org, a group that has been campaigning for a federally backed national catastrophe program, said they expect more success with the arrival of the Obama administration.

At the same time, James Lee Witt–a co-chair of the group and the Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration–sought to tamp down speculation he would be returning to FEMA under the incoming Obama administration, saying it was "just rumors."

Speaking at a press conference to promote ProtectingAmerica.org's vision of a national backstop for state catastrophe funds, as well as highlight the publicly stated support for the proposal from President-elect Barack Obama, Mr. Witt said he would help the new administration in any way, but is not seeking a government post. "I'm not looking for any appointed position," he said.

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