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Former FEMA director says agency was gutted

Michael Brown initially blames state and local officials for Hurricane Katrina problems, but concedes under questioning that the federal government also failed.

Chertoff warned of problems with separate border security agencies

Inspector general backed merger of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection bureaus, but Homeland Security secretary rejected recommendation.

Officials fear contracting abuses in wake of Hurricane Katrina

Some say flood of funding, lax oversight and quick contracting creates 'perfect storm' for waste.

Subcommittee quickly moves Defense spending bill

$442 billion bill is $7 billion below Pentagon's budget request.

House leader: Keep feds out of disaster response

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said local first responders should remain in charge.

Tech firms land hurricane work as oversight is urged

Roughly $18 million of the $240 million in hurricane-related contracts has gone to technology companies.

Panel setting stage for Pentagon budget boost

House Armed Services Committee might use its own in-depth review of U.S. armed forces and security threats as leverage to ask for additional funding.

Homeland Security, HUD offer housing payments to evacuees

Louisiana governor objects to new program, saying it will not help displaced citizens return to her state.

FEMA spending slows, agency cites delays in billings

FEMA is still spending about $300 million per day, and funneling billions of dollars to other agencies.