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.
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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.
Vice President Dick Cheney, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff dispatched to identify "bureaucratic obstacles" to relief effort.
For U.S. presidents, there is an unwritten rule book for disaster recovery, and the first rule is, "Act fast." The second rule is, "Send it all."
The deteriorating situation in Hurricane Katrina's wake illustrates just how heavily civil authorities have to rely on U.S. military forces in truly catastrophic circumstances.