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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/09/backchannel_chatter_dhs_badges.html 

By Jeff Stein  
Spy Talk
The Washington Post
September 29, 2010

More than seven years after 22 agencies were squished together to create 
the Department of Homeland Security, togetherness remains a dream.

Take security badges. Early last year a study showed that most agencies 
had just begun to implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, 
which required government agencies to adopt standardized ID cards. The 
deadline was Oct. 27, 2009.

It=E2=80=99s still a mish-mash almost a year later, a number of DHS headquarters 
employees have been telling SpyTalk in recent months. Despite officials' 
constant incantation of "One DHS," personnel frequently find themselves 
tapping their feet at the entrances of such department components as 
TSA, ICE, Customs and Border Patrol, the Coast Guard and Secret Service 
as security guards check and re-check their IDs against their individual 
databases.

Like the late Rodney Dangerfield, DHS badges don't get no respect -- or 
not enough, anyway.

=E2=80=9CTheoretically, it=E2=80=99s one big system,=E2=80=9D a headquarters employee said 
Wednesday with a rueful chuckle, =E2=80=9Cbut just theoretically.=E2=80=9D

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