Questions raised about how to implement emergency procurement rules.
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GSA, however, cannot raise mileage reimbursement rate for employees driving personal vehicles on official agency business unless the IRS acts.
Some volunteers stymied in their efforts.
Bills just the beginning of assistance, lawmakers say.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said government officials at all levels share blame for "inadequate" preparedness and response.
OPM issues a memo encouraging federal employees to telework and GSA is offering them free use of telework centers.
Vice President Dick Cheney, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff dispatched to identify "bureaucratic obstacles" to relief effort.
For U.S. presidents, there is an unwritten rule book for disaster recovery, and the first rule is, "Act fast." The second rule is, "Send it all."