Personnel flexibilities available to reward employees who pitch in during times of crisis.
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The new rates, which take affect Oct. 1, increase the per diem in most areas for meals and incidental expenses.
Congress likely to override decision by passing legislation mandating a 3.1 percent increase.
Criticism mounts that federal government has been too slow to respond to one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, but FEMA director says nation needs to “take a big, collective deep breath.”
Checks for people forced from their homes can be sent to temporary pickup locations.
Current chief of engineers says budget problems did not contribute to crisis in New Orleans.
Senate, House set to quickly approve billions of dollars in additional funding for Federal Emergency Management Agency.