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Procurement provision in hurricane aid bill raises eyebrows

Administration officials and lawmakers working to ensure that emergency authorities are used properly.

Life and Death Planning

Employees should get paperwork and information ready so survivors can claim their benefits when they die.

Congress weighs creating centralized unit for recovery operations

As lawmakers consider another $50 billion for Katrina recovery efforts, two senators want to create a new federal entity to manage the relief work.

Lawmakers hold off on endorsing EEOC reorganization

House subcommittee chief withholds opinion on changes until the results of a GAO study are in.

Homeland Security had power to bypass states in hurricane response

Although the National Response Plan gives DHS the ability to sidestep standard bureaucratic procedures in catastrophic situations, it isn’t clear if the department used that power.

Relief efforts spawn quick contracts

As satellite service providers vie for Hurricane Katrina contracts, they rely on relationships.

Employees hit by Hurricane Katrina won’t lose pay even if they lose work

Agencies also have option to give advanced payments for employees in need.