Donald E. Powell
February 2007: "Donald E. Powell was named by President Bush as the Federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding on November 1, 2005. He has been tasked with developing a long-term rebuilding plan for the region in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, coordinating the federal efforts and helping state and local officials reach consensus on their vision for the region.
Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Powell served as the 18th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He served in that role from the date of his Senate confirmation on August 29, 2001 until November 15, 2005.
Chairman Powell left his imprint on the FDIC in a number of tangible ways. Under his leadership, the FDIC distinguished itself by promoting the stability of the nation's financial system; by developing, articulating and implementing sound public policy; and by demonstrating prudent stewardship of the deposit insurance funds. Deposit insurance reform legislation -- an initiative that Powell strongly pursued -- is expected to pass Congress by the end of the year. The critically important Basel Capital Accord -- the new, more risk-sensitive capital framework for banks -- is proceeding toward implementation in a manner that reflects the FDIC's view of the importance of minimum capital requirements to help protect taxpayers from loss should the U.S. face another banking crisis. Regulatory burdens on the banking industry have been reduced. The FDIC's Center for Financial Research, a priority for Chairman Powell, has pursued a research agenda that has contributed high-quality analysis and has influenced public debate on important policy matters. With the implementation of a new bank financial reporting system in October 2005, the FDIC has taken a leadership role in the world-wide adoption of XBRL, a data reporting standard that brings transparency to financial statement reporting and analysis. Finally, Chairman Powell has built an FDIC culture of accountability, integrity, responsiveness and service that reflects his personal values and standards.
In his FDIC role, immediately after the hurricanes hit the Gulf, Chairman Powell took quick and decisive action to assist banks and their communities. The FDIC, working closely with the other banking regulators, helped banks resume operations and provided around-the-clock information to consumers about how to access needed cash. The Chairman visited the area and met with bankers to see firsthand what challenges the Gulf region faces as it begins the rebuilding process.
A life-long Texan, Powell has close to 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to becoming FDIC Chairman, Powell was President and CEO of The First National Bank of Amarillo, which he started in 1997. He began his banking career in 1963 as Loan Officer and Secretary at the First Federal Savings & Loan of Amarillo. In 1971, he joined Boatmen's First National Bank of Amarillo, where he became Chairman, President and CEO. He left Boatmen's to start The First National Bank of Amarillo.
He has served on a variety of boards, including Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System, Advisory Board Member of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Chairman of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.
Powell also has a long history of community service, ranging from the City of Amarillo Housing Board to the Franklin Lindsay Student Aid Fund and Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. He also has served on the boards of High Plains Baptist Hospital and the Harrington Regional Medical Center.
Powell received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from West Texas State University and is a graduate of The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Powell was born on May 2, 1941, in Perryton, TX. He and his wife, Twanna, have two grown sons and four grandchildren."www.whitehouse.gov/government/dpowell-bio.html
February 2007: "Donald E. Powell, the Texas banker whom President Bush appointed to coordinate the federal post-Katrina recovery effort, was the committee hearing's opening witness. When Obama asked in plain language what the prospects were for an ordinary homeowner who wanted to rebuild and come home, Powell said thoughtfully, "That's a tough question . . . a complex question." Then he spoke about new tax incentives, which he is certain will persuade developers to build affordable housing."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/05/AR2007020501188.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The (FDIC) Organization Feb 17, 2007 Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) George Bush School of Government and Public Service Organization Feb 17, 2007 Student/Trainee (past or present) Southern Methodist University (SMU) Organization Feb 17, 2007 Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Texas A&M University Organization Feb 17, 2007 Student/Trainee (past or present) West Texas State University Organization Feb 17, 2007 Appointed/Selected by Subordinate of (past or present) Financial Supporter of (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Feb 17, 2007
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QUOTE: The city of New Orleans filed a $77 billion damage claim against the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday for flooding that inundated the city when levees failed after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Under the Federal Tort Act, Thursday was the last day residents could file such a claim against the Corps. The claim is a required step before any lawsuit could be brought to recover damages.
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QUOTE: NEW ORLEANS -- It's beyond frustrating to hear well-meaning bureaucrats cite all the reasons that so little has been done to rebuild this ruined city and the rest of the Gulf Coast -- why, for example, out of more than 100,000 Louisiana households that have applied to the state government for their share of $7 billion in federal reconstruction funds, fewer than 400 have received their money.
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