Governmental Affairs Committee will soon move a bill to create
a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, with its director
confirmed by the Senate, said Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), chairman
of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
more, it's time to consider Tom Ridge for the job, Graham said.
and Paul C. Light, vice president and director of governmental
studies at the Brookings Institute, co-authored an editorial
urging as much in The Washington Post.
said Ridge now has no power to spend, obligate or audit money,
nor does he have much say over operations and management of
the homeland security establishment.
that while Ridge has access to the information needed to do
his job, "that information is still muddy, its sources
many, and its usefulness often mixed -- as evidenced by the
color-coded system of vague threat warnings his office developed."