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Bush pledges to investigate administration response

Vice President Dick Cheney, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff dispatched to identify "bureaucratic obstacles" to relief effort.

Disaster response threatens to swamp Bush administration

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."

Military's Northern Command steps up response efforts

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.

National Guard, Corps of Engineers move into New Orleans

Soldiers bolster security and distribute supplies as engineers work to drain city.

Agencies urged to be flexible with employees who join relief efforts

Personnel flexibilities available to reward employees who pitch in during times of crisis.

White House seeks billions in emergency funding for hurricane response

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.”

Ex-Army Corps officials say budget cuts imperiled flood mitigation efforts

Current chief of engineers says budget problems did not contribute to crisis in New Orleans.

Agencies organize massive hurricane response mobilization

With thousands stranded and billions of dollars estimated in damages, multiple federal organizations swing into action.

Federal data-mining efforts fail to fully safeguard privacy, GAO says

Government auditors find that federal agencies aren’t meeting all required laws and guidance to collect and protect personal information.

Sexual misconduct at Army, Navy academies persists, report finds

Panel says sexual assault and harassment has been “inadequately addressed” at the academies over the past 10 years.