Agency typically has held its waste and fraud rate to between 1 percent and 3 percent, but Katrina overwhelmed systems, official says.
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OPM rule goes into effect immediately, without waiting for comment period.
Measure designed to steer Pentagon away from hefty emergency funding requests; would affect the fiscal 2008 budget.
Implementation would satisfy November court order.
The bill would give DHS authority, for the first time, to regulate companies that make, store, process or sell chemicals.
Institution's board this week reiterated its support for the contract.