Department of Homeland Security: Proposals to Consolidate Border and Transportation Security Agencies [August 30, 2002]   [open pdf - 126KB]

"To better prepare the United States against terrorist attacks, the Bush Administration released its plan to create a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 6, 2002. To prevent terrorists from entering, or smuggling 'instruments of terrorism' into, the United States and to prevent attacks on U.S. transportation, the plan calls for consolidating several federal agencies in a Border and Transportation Security division within a proposed DHS. These agencies include the Department of Justices Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); the Department of the Treasury's U.S. Customs Service; the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Department of Transportation's U.S. Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration; and the General Services Administrations Federal Protective Service. On July 25, 2002, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs revised the National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act of 2002 (S. 2452). This bill was previously ordered reported by the Committee on May 22, 2002. While it differs from the Administrations plan, particularly in regard to personnel management flexibility, the new version of S. 2452 was modified to more closely reflect not only that plan, but also other recommendations that had emerged in the course of congressional hearings and House consideration of similar proposals. This bill is scheduled for Senate consideration immediately following the August recess."

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