Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said government officials at all levels share blame for "inadequate" preparedness and response.
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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.
Soldiers bolster security and distribute supplies as engineers work to drain city.
Personnel flexibilities available to reward employees who pitch in during times of crisis.
Criticism mounts that federal government has been too slow to respond to one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, but FEMA director says nation needs to “take a big, collective deep breath.”
Current chief of engineers says budget problems did not contribute to crisis in New Orleans.
With thousands stranded and billions of dollars estimated in damages, multiple federal organizations swing into action.