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Growing pains mark anniversary for agency

The Homeland Security Department, marking its first anniversary Monday, is receiving two sets of first-year grades. The Bush administration and congressional Republicans praise the department’s accomplishments, while Democrats point to the areas where the new department has lagged in securing the nation in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While there is some election-year partisanship at play, both sides also lay legitimate claim to part of the truth. It is indisputable the new department achieved much in its first year, bringing together 22 agencies and 180,000 federal workers in the largest government reorganization in more than 40 years. The sheer size of the task, however, has meant that many goals have not been completed, leaving the nation with significant vulnerabilities. Full Story

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