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By Jeff Stein
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
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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