Reorganization would shake up IT
- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Aug 26, 2005
Homeland Security Department secretary Michael Chertoff's planned reorganization, aimed at aligning resources to threats, will challenge the department's technologists to reshape their systems and chains of command. It also would have the effect of flattening the department's administrative structure.
As the simplified reorganization chart shown here depicts, the department will have about 14 major agencies reporting to Chertoff and deputy secretary Michael Jackson. Fourteen small-scale agencies will also report to the secretary's office.
Chertoff plans to create three new major organizations: the Preparedness Directorate, the Intelligence and Analysis Office and the Screening and Coordination Office.
The Preparedness Directorate will oversee a new Chief Medical Officer Office, a new assistant secretary for grants and training, the assistant secretary for infrastructure preparedness, the U.S. Fire Administration'formerly under the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate'the assistant secretary for cyber and telecommunications, and the national capital region director.
Chertoff plans to eliminate the Border and Transportation Security Directorate and the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate, as well as the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.
The department has not yet announced whether the U.S. Visit program office will be under the Screening and Coordination Office or retain its independent reporting relationship with the secretary's office. U.S. Visit program officials themselves said they had not heard from headquarters what the ultimate reporting structure would be.
The chart below provides the names of officials who likely will retain their current responsibilities in the reorganized department. Several of the new components have not yet been assigned directors or CIOs.
Department officials have said they will create additional CIO slots for the new components as required.Who's in charge
The proposed reorganization at DHS will add three new major agencies; additional CIO slots will be created as required.Secretary:
Michael Chertoff Deputy Secretary:
Michael JacksonUndersecretary for Management:
Janet Hale Department CIO:
Scott Charbo Directorate CIO:
Joe Peters Undersecretary for Science and Technology:
Charles McQueary CIO:
Deborah DiazUndersecretary for Policy:
(Pending)Commandant of the Coast Guard:
Adm. Thomas CollinsCIO Rear Adm.:
Ron HewittUndersecretary for Preparedness:
(Pending)Other offices reporting to the secretary:
General Counsel, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Inspector General, Director of Counternarcotics, Ombudsman of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Director of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Labor Relations Board, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Chief Privacy Officer, Chief of Staff, Executive Secretary, Military Liaison, Director of Operations CoordinationAssistant Secretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis:
(Pending)Screening and Coordination Office:
(Pending)Federal Laws Enforcement Training Center Director:
Connie Patrick CIO:
Sandy PeavyTransportation Security Administration Director:
Edmund 'Kip' Hawley CIO:
David ZeppieriCustoms and Border Protection Commissioner:
Robert Bonner Acting CIO:
Rod MacDonaldSecret Service Director:
W. Ralph Basham Acting CIO:
Cornelius F. TateCitizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director:
Robert Divine CIO:
Tarrazzia MartinImmigration and Customs Enforcement Commissioner:
Julie Myers (Nominated)CIO:
Luke McCormackFEMA Director:
Mike Brown CIO: