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Fed Agencies Asleep at the Wheel

This is how ill-prepared the federal government is to protect itself against terrorist attacks: Many of its agencies don’t even know which buildings and computer networks to defend. In 1998, the Clinton administration ordered the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, to each come up with a list of crucial equipment, buildings and information technology that must be protected under any circumstance. But nearly five years later — and more than 18 months after Sept. 11 — none of these agencies has completed its list, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accounting Office, Congress’ investigative arm. And none of the agencies has comprehensive plans for keeping these assets safe. Full Story

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