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Chertoff officially in at DHS

President Bush today welcomed Homeland Security Department secretary Michael Chertoff to his new responsibilities during a swearing-in ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. One of his first tasks will be gaining Congress’ support for the administration’s planned reorganization of the department’s computerized screening and tracking systems. Yesterday, Chertoff told Congress that he had launched a top-to-bottom review of the department. Bush cited the progress DHS has made and mentioned the $14 billion of grants it has disbursed to state and local governments for security gear, including communications systems and command centers. He also noted that DHS has established secure communications to emergency operations centers and state governors, “to ensure that they get threat information on a real-time basis.” Full Story

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