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Homeland Security Pressured To Fill Post

Vacancy Risks Safety Of Region, Some Warn. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not appointed a coordinator for the Washington area for five months, drawing warnings that the region’s safety is being compromised, as well as pressure from local leaders and members of Congress to fill the vacancy. Since Michael F. Byrne left the job in November to join Microsoft Corp., the Office of National Capital Region Coordination has gone understaffed and has not fulfilled requirements set by Congress, local officials said. The post, established by Congress when it created the Department of Homeland Security, is overseen by Secretary Tom Ridge. The coordinator serves as the prime contact for officials in the District, Virginia and Maryland seeking to guard the region against a terrorist attack and to coordinate a response should an attack occur. Full Story

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