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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?"

The establishment of another agency will not, in itself, do anything.

The key is having true and active champions in the White House and Congress, evangelists and good project management in the agencies that direct the security programs, and contractors that are committed to performing in the country's best interests.

Of course, this is nothing new and can be said for any federal initiative, from campaign reform to health care.

Jeff Rager NCS Pearson Inc.

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The FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the military provide the primary apparatus for preventing and combating terrorism. Because they are not involved in this reorganization, I doubt that much of substance can be achieved by this proposed new agency. What is needed is better coordination among all parts of the government engaged in fighting terrorism.

Doug Peterson Internal Revenue Service

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The new agency gives me great pause. Although bringing all of the enforcement agencies together will enhance the ability to achieve the security objectives with which it is charged, the Homeland Security Department also is fraught with potential to overstep its authority to catch the "bad guys." Will it be able to discriminate between terrorists and legitimate dissent by citizens who may disagree with the course of action their government is taking? The potential for the invasion of privacy needs to be seriously weighed. The new agency requires some form of oversight to ensure it does not abuse its powers.

Name withheld by request

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