Technically he’s being “removed from his role managing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts” but considering the dustup about his qualifications — not to mention the flak the adminstration is getting for his, er, lack of efficacy thus far — but yeah, he’s out.
He is being replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, his deputy in coordinating the relief efforts.
Chertoff makes it official now — 1:45 pm. Thanks to über-source Bucky Turco for the intel.
“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”