Commissioners say Pentagon closures should have been put off until Pentagon completed review of defense strategy.
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Roles range from providing food and housing to briefing diplomats.
Too many projects slugged as "high priority" that should have been deemed lower priorities than levee protection.
Merging FEMA with DHS shifted the agency's energies away from its focus on natural disasters to terrorism response.
They argue DHS officials failed to consult unions, Congress on latest plan.
Administration officials and lawmakers working to ensure that emergency authorities are used properly.
Employees should get paperwork and information ready so survivors can claim their benefits when they die.
As lawmakers consider another $50 billion for Katrina recovery efforts, two senators want to create a new federal entity to manage the relief work.