Most departments and agencies will be funded at frozen or reduced levels until Nov. 18.
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Despite the odds against closing the books in 45 days, financial managers hit the mark.
Overall figure has increased from $13 million in April, due to rising gas costs.
Once the poster child for transformation and efficiency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s gradual deterioration left it weak and ill-prepared for Katrina.
Commissioner Robert Bonner will remain at the agency's helm until November.
The rule, unique to the defense panel, required senior Pentagon officials holding pensions from defense contractors to buy an insurance policy to lock away the value of their benefits.
Despite panel's disapproval, House expected to consider joint resolution, perhaps as early as next week.