As Clarke Leaves, Boards Future Uncertain
How will the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board fit in the new homeland security department?As Richard Clarke prepares to step down as chairman of the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and adjust to life in the private sector, questions remain about the boards place and utility in the new Department of Homeland Security. Clarke plans to resign within the next few weeks after 30 years of government work. For the past 18 months Clarke has been consumed with putting together the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. The final draft of the document is due for release soon, likely by the end of February. He spent months traveling around the country rallying support for the plan and seeking comments and suggestions from security experts and private citizens. But, with the strategy finishedand recently signed by President BushClarke decided to leave.
Howard Schmidt, the vice chairman of the PCIPB, has taken over Clarkes duties. Schmidt was the former chief security officer at Microsoft Corp., and has a deep background in both government and law enforcement.