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Homeland, governors linking up

The Homeland Security Department is on the verge of connecting 26 governors’ offices with the department for secure videoconferencing in the event of another terrorist attack. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, federal, state and local officials complained that no secure communications network existed to keep them informed or help coordinate an emergency response. But now, the new department is opening up a network to communicate with the nation’s governors in the event of a crisis. Steve Cooper, the department’s chief information officer, told Federal Computer Week this week that the hookups were selected by determining how far a governor has to travel from his or her office to the state’s emergency operations center. Priority goes to the ones with the longest distance. Full Story

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