Bush Calls for Homeland Security Bill
President Bush on Thursday called on Congress to make the Homeland Security bill the legislators' top priority.President Bush on Thursday called on Congress to pass the stalled bill authorizing the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, saying the measure should be the legislators top priority. "The single most important piece of unfinished business on Capitol Hill is to create a unified Department of Homeland Security that will vastly improve our ability to protect our coasts and our borders and our communities," Bush said in a news briefing. "Its imperative that the Congress send me a bill that I can sign before the 107th Congress ends." Security experts and vendors are watching the process closely, as the proposed bill includes a provision that would combine nearly all of the federal governments information security assets under one roof. Many observers expect this reorganization to greatly improve the information-sharing process among the various organizations.
In the interim, top officials from the Federal Computer Incident Response Center, the National Infrastructure Protection Center, the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office and other organizations have begun meeting and coordinating their activities. But until the new department is up and runningwhich some government officials say might not happen until late spring or early summerthere is little more they can do.