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The Road to the Department of Homeland Security

Recorded on July 22, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

On March 1, 2003, 22 federal agencies with responsibilities for combating international terrorism in the United States were transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. By all accounts, this event marked the most dramatic reform of the federal bureaucracy since the establishment of the Department of Defense in 1947. However, that earlier transformation took 40 years to be fully realized, a time frame that is unacceptable in the midst of a "hot" war on terrorism. Today, what is the Department's operational status?

Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management Janet Hale will address this and other crucial issues related to the Department's progress in consolidating its component agencies, as well as the remaining management challenges the Department faces. We hope that you will be able to join us in this opportunity for an important and timely discussion.