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White House Finds Homeland Security Jobs a Tough Sell

Just two days before 22 federal agencies are set to move to the new Department of Homeland Security, the White House has yet to fill three top positions responsible for protecting the nation’s physical and digital infrastructure and managing the department’s intelligence-gathering activities. The vacant posts are in DHS’s Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP), a terrorist threat assessment and warning unit that includes five cybersecurity divisions previously scattered across other federal agencies. March 1 is the deadline for most federal agencies reassigned to DHS to have completed the move to the department. The Bush administration’s top pick for the IAIP undersecretary position, former Defense Intelligence Agency Director James Clapper, turned down the job last month. Two assistant secretary positions — one charged with managing intelligence gathering and the other responsible for infrastructure protection — also must be filled. Full Story

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