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.
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Every affected household will be granted $2,000 in emergency disaster relief.
Flurry of lawsuits filed at state level prompt varying responses from courts.
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.
After evacuations, government faces huge challenge of providing long-term housing, education and jobs for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Chairmen may not be guaranteed a seat on the panel, and Democrats may not be given equal representation on the committee.
Bills just the beginning of assistance, lawmakers say.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said government officials at all levels share blame for "inadequate" preparedness and response.
OPM issues a memo encouraging federal employees to telework and GSA is offering them free use of telework centers.