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Policy obstacles, complacency threaten homeland security push

Improvements in IT interoperability and information-sharing at the federal level have reportedly foiled several recent terrorist plots. But policy barriers, turf wars and a growing sense of complacency in the private sector threaten to slow homeland security progress, officials said yesterday. Although the details remain classified, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, said “a number of real threats” have been thwarted in recent weeks, thanks in large part to improvements in IT interoperability and information-sharing that have been made since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in November. But Weldon, senior congressional staff members and independent experts cautioned that there are still policy roadblocks, as well as cultural and perception problems, that could easily undo those successes. Weldon and others spoke yesterday at the Second Annual Government Symposium on Information Sharing & Homeland Security. Full Story

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