Administration officials and lawmakers working to ensure that emergency authorities are used properly.
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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.
House subcommittee chief withholds opinion on changes until the results of a GAO study are in.
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.
As satellite service providers vie for Hurricane Katrina contracts, they rely on relationships.
Agencies also have option to give advanced payments for employees in need.