Witt: FEMA Should Have Stayed Independent by Mark Carter Posted 5/16/2011 12:00 am Updated 6 years ago James Lee Witt, believed to be the first FEMA director to have actual emergency management experience, thinks the agency should've been left alone. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access articles older than 15 days. Articles newer than 15 days are not included in this offer. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.