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9/11: A Government Changed
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced the government to transform. The change has been both subtle and dramatic, encompassing everything from building security, to computer security, to how agencies hire and perform background checks. In the 10 years since that fateful day, the government also has created new things, including an entire agency. But maybe the biggest change has been the influx of federal employees inspired to serve. Federal News Radio evaluates the impact these changes have made on how the government meets this crucial mission and on the employees and contractors who are called upon daily to protect the homeland.
Inside the Capitol on 9/11 — and after
Monday - 8/29/2011, 9:03am EDT
Along with the creation of DHS, which has been characterized as the largest federal reorganization since the end of World War II, was a change in the way people — including lawmakers on Capitol Hill — think.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Robert Shea was the senior counsel for what was known at the time as the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. And, he was inside the Capitol, which many thought would be the next target.
Shea, a former OMB associate director and now a Grant Thornton principal, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how change has suffused all aspects of government since 9/11. For example, the committee Shea worked on back then has a new name: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Shea also discussed the continuing evolution of homeland security both inside the government and out.