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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.
After 9/11, reorganization U.S. Coast Guard's ongoing mission
Friday - 9/9/2011, 10:09am EDT
Faced with a renewed mission to protect the homeland through port security, the service was one of the 22 agencies to be folded into the Homeland Security Department.
In a wide-ranging interview as part of Federal News Radio's ongoing coverage of "9/11: A Government Changed", Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp discussed the service's budgets, priorities, ships and people.
Perhaps most important, he said, the Coast Guard really needed Congress to pass an authorization bill, so the rebuilding could continue — which Congress did eventually do.
"I'm really happy to report that we did get that bill from Congress," he said. "We have locked our organization into place and are moving ahead now with some other needed reviews and efforts to prepare us to better serve the country."