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In emergency situations, informal relationships can be as critical as formal ones.
Many policies already in place are underused, observers say.
Initiative requires analyzing three types of major purchases to find ways to cut better deals.
Broader use of "expedited removal" authority would also present resource questions, congressional researchers find.
In tight budget environment, agency will look for ways to cut back.
One of President Bush's first steps in response to Hurricane Katrina was to suspend the law that governs the wages of workers who construct federal facilities.
Problem is not tracking influenza but getting critical information on outbreaks to doctors and local emergency responders.
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders want seat in House-Senate talks on funding formula.