Fugate is the only senior Obama administration official The Eye knows of that's not afraid of a FlipCam-wielding blogger, especially Solomon, who's a close observer of Homeland Security policy not affiliated with a major news organization. (Fugate later told The Eye that he regularly reads Solomon's blog for its frank, outside assessment of FEMA's work.)
It helps "get rid of the mystique of being an administrator of a federal agency," Fugate told Solomon. "There always seem to be these barriers between you and interacting with people everyday."
But his bigger point to Solomon and the conference was that social media should help emergency management agencies get two-way input from disaster survivors that can help them better shape crisis response.
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