On Friday, President Trump nominated Jeffrey Byard, a senior FEMA official, to lead the agency after former director Brock Long resigned earlier this week.
Byard is currently FEMA's associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery. A White House statement about his nomination described his role as "the senior-most executive over disaster response, recovery, logistics, and field operations."
Byard would succeed Long, who resigned after a tenure plagued with ethics probes and inquiries about his management of the agency's response to a deadly hurricane in Puerto Rico.
Byard previously worked in a similar role for the state of Alabama, leading state operations efforts during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other natural disasters.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.