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BRAC panel calls closure round premature

Commissioners say Pentagon closures should have been put off until Pentagon completed review of defense strategy.

No agency left behind in hurricane relief effort

Roles range from providing food and housing to briefing diplomats.

Army Corps officials too often acquiesced to Congress' wishes, critics claim

Too many projects slugged as "high priority" that should have been deemed lower priorities than levee protection.

Lawmakers may fight for FEMA's freedom

Merging FEMA with DHS shifted the agency's energies away from its focus on natural disasters to terrorism response.

Unions fight DHS’ attempt to move forward with personnel rules

They argue DHS officials failed to consult unions, Congress on latest plan.

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.