Panelists recommend scrapping Pentagon’s $474 million online reservation system.
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Current restrictions have resulted in states like Wyoming receiving more grant funding per capita than New York during the last three years.
Protections should extend to national security whistleblowers, interest groups say.
Once the poster child for transformation and efficiency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s gradual deterioration left it weak and ill-prepared for Katrina.
Commissioner Robert Bonner will remain at the agency's helm until November.
The rule, unique to the defense panel, required senior Pentagon officials holding pensions from defense contractors to buy an insurance policy to lock away the value of their benefits.
Despite panel's disapproval, House expected to consider joint resolution, perhaps as early as next week.
Shakeup would include eliminating old positions, creating new ones and possibly changing airport checkpoint procedures.
Incompatible communications and of a lack of information being shared with affected communities hindered rescue efforts.
Believing that oversight of the agency response will be lacking, House Democrats are pushing for a 9/11 commission-style inquiry.