Remarks by Secretary Michael Chertoff at the American Bar Association Second Annual Homeland Security Institute Meeting [January 18, 2007] [open pdf - 58KB]
This transcript includes the January 18, 2007 remarks of Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff at the American Bar Association Second Annual Homeland Security Institute Meeting. He discusses building Government partnerships with the private sector that includes not just regulation. "The biggest challenge for us as a government department is not the traditional job of running operational agencies like the Coast Guard or Secret Service or Customs and Border Protection -- government always does that. We run operational agencies, we own assets, we employ people. The biggest challenge is working in partnership; getting things done when we don't employ the people and we don't own the assets, and where, in fact, most of the assets and employees are operating in the private sector. What is expected of us in homeland security is something that can only be delivered in a partnership with your clients, and therefore it becomes very important for us to figure out how we work that relationship with your clients. In particular -- I'll get into this in a little bit of time -- is there something we can do besides just regulation? The traditional way government interacts with the private sector is we make them do things. Are there things we can do to engage, particularly those of you who are distributed in fields that are not particularly heavily regulated? And I think that's one of the challenges and the topics for homeland security as we go forward."
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