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Washington think tank calls for limited federal response to Katrina

A Heritage Foundation report says the federal government should only help where state and local authorities cannot.

GAO: Contracting vehicle fails to show savings

Program offices neglect to assess savings and operations in performance-based logistics arrangements, report says.

Proposed bill could bring retirement equity to law officers

Officers not recognized by law receive less pay and postpone retirements.

GSA raises mileage reimbursement rate by 8 cents per mile

Federal employees will be reimbursed 48.5 cents per mile for official government travel in personal vehicles.

Problems remain in screening for terrorists, Shays says

Security gaps exist in visa application process at overseas embassies and consulates, GAO says.

Democrats seek funds for responder communications

Hurricane Katrina highlighter problems with first responder communications.

OMB publishes guidelines on emergency procurement authorities

Rules are designed to stem abuse of higher purchase card threshold.

In hurricane's aftermath, agencies made up missions as they went along

In the second of a series of reports from New Orleans, Chris Strohm details how agencies grabbed the reins in the absence of direction from FEMA.