Observers say procurement office needs leader known for acquisition expertise.
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Agencies are authorized to reimburse up to triple the normal daily rate.
Labor Department weighs whether certain protections apply to federal employees.
In Katrina's wake, big companies appear to have a competitive advantage.
$442 billion bill is $7 billion below Pentagon's budget request.
Last week, Senate amended Agriculture appropriations bill to restrict USDA's authority to close county offices.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said local first responders should remain in charge.
Roughly $18 million of the $240 million in hurricane-related contracts has gone to technology companies.