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Democrats seek funds for responder communications

Hurricane Katrina highlighter problems with first responder communications.

In hurricane's aftermath, agencies made up missions as they went along

In the second of a series of reports from New Orleans, Chris Strohm details how agencies grabbed the reins in the absence of direction from FEMA.

Bush backs effort to reassess federal role in disaster response

Says Congress should examine the relationship between federal, state, local officials in aftermath of catastrophes.

Senate Armed Services panel plans hearings on Pentagon nominees

The panel will vote on Michael Wynne and Donald Winter, President Bush's picks to head the Air Force and Navy, respectively

DHS personnel ruling will affect Pentagon, senator says

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, suggests Pentagon "take a harder look" at its personnel proposal after DHS plan is postponed.

Army Corps officials too often acquiesced to Congress' wishes, critics claim

Too many projects slugged as "high priority" that should have been deemed lower priorities than levee protection.

Lawmakers may fight for FEMA's freedom

Merging FEMA with DHS shifted the agency's energies away from its focus on natural disasters to terrorism response.

Procurement provision in hurricane aid bill raises eyebrows

Administration officials and lawmakers working to ensure that emergency authorities are used properly.

Congress weighs creating centralized unit for recovery operations

As lawmakers consider another $50 billion for Katrina recovery efforts, two senators want to create a new federal entity to manage the relief work.

Homeland Security had power to bypass states in hurricane response

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.