Plan Calls for 50-Member Board's Size, Powers to Be Reduced
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 31, 2006; Page A06
The Red Cross, long plagued by internal strife and complaints about how it handles major disasters and blood donations, said yesterday that it plans to overhaul its leadership structure.
The 125-year-old organization handles half of the nation's blood supply and has federal responsibility for coordinating the charitable response to the nation's largest catastrophes. But its performance during high-profile events, including Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as its troubled blood-handling operation, have earned it plenty of criticism from public officials, victims and even its own volunteers."