Inside the Capitol on 9/11 and after

Monday - 8/29/2011, 9:03am EDT

Robert Shea, principal, Grant Thornton

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September 11th pushed the federal government into a new era of change.

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.