Homeland Security Settles On D.C.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced yesterday that the headquarters for the new Cabinet department will be at a military-controlled base in Northwest Washington for the foreseeable future. The move, timed to meet a deadline tomorrow, when the 177,000-employee department legally comes into being, caps a contentious and frenetic search in which homeland security officials considered but ultimately rejected several Northern Virginia sites in recent days. Officials said the agency’s security and operational needs are too pressing for it to lease space in the Washington suburbs, as first proposed. Full Story