Kirstjen Nielsen, then secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), swears in Peter T. Gaynor as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Oct. 23, 2018. (Grace Simoneau/FEMA)

Trump Expected to Pull Byard Nod, Formally Nominate Peter Gaynor as FEMA Chief

President Trump intends to tap deputy FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor as the agency’s permanent director, 2 sources familiar with Trump’s decision tell Axios.

The administration has been operating without a confirmed FEMA chief during an active hurricane season after the nomination of Jeffrey Byard stalled in the Senate.

Byard’s nomination had not been withdrawn as of Wednesday evening, per one administration official. But Trump has already made a decision to move forward with Gaynor, according to sources both inside and outside of the administration.

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