Bush Creates Faith-Based Initiatives Office Within Homeland Security Dept. To Improve Disaster Recovery...

03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A day before returning to the ravaged Gulf Coast region, President Bush created an office for faith-based initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security to improve disaster recovery efforts.

But the new office also will have some old business -- reimbursing groups that spent millions on recovery efforts. While the new Homeland Security office will give private religious organizations the opportunity to compete for federal dollars and contracts, proponents also say they hope it will streamline efforts to pay back private organizations that already have assisted in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

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