HSD launches e-mail system and Web site

HSD launches e-mail system and Web site

The Homeland Security Department has an e-mail system to connect its employees scattered across almost two dozen agencies, as well as a Web portal at www.dhs.gov. HSD officials declined to give details of the systems, saying incoming Secretary Tom Ridge will discuss them in a press conference later today.

The Web site is still a work in progress. It does not yet have a distinctive HSD logo, which observers said would be an important symbol of the new department's mission. The site this morning featured content the department had, for the most part, already posted for employees on an earlier public site.

The site categorizes information by audience: citizens, business, government and employees. There are links for emergencies and disasters, travel and transportation, immigration and borders, and research and technology.

Department officials said they designed the site over the past 30 days using comments from the public and focus groups. The earlier site for department employees, at www.dhs.gov/employees, appeared to have been deactivated today, showing only a page-not-found message.

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