[ISN] Infrastructure protection looking for home

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Date: Tue Mar 18 2003 - 23:03:40 PST

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    By Diane Frank 
    March 18, 2003
    Officials at the White House and the Homeland Security Department 
    (DHS) are discussing the possible new governance structure for 
    critical infrastructure protection (CIP) now that the department is in 
    Authorities for governmentwide CIP issues previously were 
    headquartered at the White House. However, at the end of February, 
    President Bush dissolved the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board 
    as part of the government reorganization associated with DHS.
    Many of the board's functions, such as the training and certification 
    work done by the Education Working Group, are moving to the new 
    Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate at DHS, 
    said Andy Purdy, who was a senior adviser with the White House CIP 
    He was speaking today at an event sponsored by the Computing 
    Technology Industry Association. 
    The White House CIP staff is talking with Homeland Security Secretary 
    Tom Ridge to determine whether the governmentwide critical 
    infrastructure leadership should be based at DHS or the White House. 
    Many are leaning toward moving the White House staff to DHS, Purdy 
    The staff also is talking with the Homeland Security Council to 
    determine whether a new homeland security presidential directive is 
    needed to create an interagency body similar to the CIP Board to focus 
    on physical and cyber infrastructure protection. Part of that 
    discussion also concerns where that interagency body would exist, 
    Purdy said. 
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