Records show Interior Department organization issued the contracts, which are available for use by other agencies, in 2003 and 2004.
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Administration opposes language giving the Postal Service access to escrow account funds and transferring its military pensions obligation.
Implementation of security plans and privacy impact assessments are among neglected suggestions, GAO says.
Employee proposal would save $700,000 over current operations.
Chertoff admits preparations before the storm were inadequate and says he got conflicting information about damage from the hurricane.
Key issues include lack of equipment standards, inadequate funding and turf wars among federal, state and local officials.
White House says it has already contributed a significant sum to rebuilding Louisiana.
Plan to cut number of planned combat brigades by nearly 10 percent while continuing heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan met with skepticism came from both sides of the aisle.
Requests for military operations, foreign assistance and Gulf Coast reconstruction could be slightly more than White House said last week.