Letters to the editor
Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Would the creation of a Cabinet-level department strengthen homeland security-related information technology initiatives?"
Homeland security IT will limp along the same paths as other government agencies until they start requiring IT managers to know some IT. You can't manage technological people without knowing the technology.
I predict they'll hire an IT manager whose primary skill is spending money.
The whole concept of a Homeland Security Department reminds me of a "Hail Mary" pass play in football, undertaken when all else fails and time is running out.
I would give its chance of success at no more than 30 percent - if that. Meanwhile, our security risk doubles as the agencies affected react to the proposed reorganization with a wringing of hands and posturing to come out on top in the new department.
Name withheld by request