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Homeland Security had power to bypass states in hurricane response

Although the National Response Plan gives DHS the ability to sidestep standard bureaucratic procedures in catastrophic situations, it isn’t clear if the department used that power.

Bush unveils steps to help victims with federal benefits

Every affected household will be granted $2,000 in emergency disaster relief.

Base closure list heads to Bush amid legal rulings

Flurry of lawsuits filed at state level prompt varying responses from courts.

Survey shows mixed feelings on disaster response

More than 40 percent of Americans said federal agencies had done a bad or terrible job, but 35 percent rated the response effort as good or great.

Agencies grapple with managing displaced citizens

After evacuations, government faces huge challenge of providing long-term housing, education and jobs for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GOP to create bipartisan oversight panel on Hurricane Katrina efforts

Chairmen may not be guaranteed a seat on the panel, and Democrats may not be given equal representation on the committee.

House, Senate set to move hurricane relief packages

Bills just the beginning of assistance, lawmakers say.

Senate panel may meet next week on Katrina response

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said government officials at all levels share blame for "inadequate" preparedness and response.

Telework push fueled by Hurricane Katrina

OPM issues a memo encouraging federal employees to telework and GSA is offering them free use of telework centers.

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