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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.
Jeff Neal recently retired as the Chief Human Capital Officer at DHS. He explains how the agency is growing and evolving into the agency Congress had in mind when they authorized it eight years ago.
Robyn Kehoe, the director of field operations at FEEA, joined the Federal Drive to discuss a program that pays for college for the children of parents lost in the 9/11 attacks.
Tim Manning, the deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's role in national preparedness month. He also discussed how the agency has evolved since it was absorbed by DHS in 2003.
The federal government pulled a number of components from various federal departments to create Customs and Border Protection, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Inspiring employees to work together under a new boss required persistence and a sense of shared mission, Assistant Commissioner of Field Operations Thomas Winkowski told reporters in a roundtable about border security developments since the attacks.
Robert Shea, a former OMB associate director and now a Grant Thornton Principal, discusses some of the legislative changes in homeland security since 9/11. Shea was serving as the senior counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Sept. 11, 2001.
Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how DHS has evolved since it was first created. This interview is part of Federal News Radio's ongoing coverage of "9/11: A Government Changed."
The Homeland Security Department is a young agency that was formed as a result of 9/11. Steve Cooper discusses the development of the agency. Cooper was the first Chief Information Officer at Homeland Security and is the current CIO at FAA.
Jerry Pender, the acting assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, joined the Federal Drive to discuss an FBI program that promoted information sharing.
Greg Schaffer, the acting deputy undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate, joined the Federal Drive to discuss what changes have been made to the nation's communications systems after 9/11.
John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago affected.
The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today's terrorist is more likely to operate alone rather than as part of a 9/11-type of coordinated plot, and thus harder to detect. In the face of budget cuts, DHS is focused on managing risks and cooperating with the public to prevent attacks.
The Defense Intelligence Agency wants the "revolving door" between government and industry to swing both ways, making it easier for employees to return to the agency after they've left. DIA Deputy Director David Shedd said a new entry-exit program is just getting off the ground to meet the changing needs of its newer — and younger — workforce. This story is part of Federal News Radio's ongoing coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, "9/11: A Government Changed."