Cooper: Homeland Security Department will move fast

The administration anticipates that the planned Homeland Security Department will quickly establish an infrastructure once Congress approves the authorizing legislation.

The department's first task during its initial 90 days will be to set up a headquarters facility to support the secretary of Homeland Security Steve Cooper, CIO of the Homeland Security Office. The building likely will house about 2,000 staff members and support networking with other parts of the department, Cooper said.

After establishing core operations, the new department will assess projects under way within its member agencies and 'see if there are things we want to continue and things we want to stop,' Cooper said yesterday at the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Symposium with Public-Sector CIOs.

Cooper elaborated on the White House plan to develop 'a network of networks' [see story at www.gcn.com/21_33/news/20493-1.html].

'The idea is we would take what already exists and tie it together,' Cooper said. 'We recognize that the funding has to come from the federal environment.'

Cooper told the audience that first the homeland security team must draft standards for this backbone network, and 'there are legacy applications out there that need to be connected' as well.


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