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Homeland Security Dept. Faces Leadership Void

In one of his first moves as secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge last week appointed former J.P. Morgan Chase Bank executive Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr. to serve as special assistant to the secretary for the private sector. But much work remains to fill key leadership positions at the newly formed U.S. Department of Homeland Security and avoid losing the momentum in the public/private partnership on cybersecurity and critical-infrastructure protection, Bush administration and private-sector officials said. “I worry that if the transition period drags on, we’ll lose much of the gains made in establishing a trusted relationship with the leaders of critical infrastructure,” said Roger Cressey, former chief of staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. “It is imperative that the new department sends a clear signal to the private sector on who the key contacts are and, most important, that they are empowered to speak on behalf of the secretary.” Full Story

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