Bush creates a Homeland Security transition office

Bush creates a Homeland Security transition office

President Bush yesterday signed an executive order establishing an office for Homeland Security Department transition planning within the Office of Management and Budget. The office will plan and orchestrate the mix of several large agencies into the proposed cabinet department.

Homeland Security would incorporate the Coast Guard, Customs Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration and a host of smaller entities totaling more than 170,000 people.

OMB director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. must fund and staff the transition office for 90 days after the date of the legislation creating the department or for one year after the executive order, whichever comes first.

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