Homeland rearranges agencies

White House officials plan to arrange the 22 agencies tagged to make up the proposed Homeland Security Department into four units:

* Border, transportation and security — A single entity would manage entry into the United States. This unit would comprise the Customs Service, Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Border Patrol, the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.

* Emergency preparedness — This unit would comprise the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.

* Weapons of mass destruction — Research laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, would form the core of this unit. It would coordinate homeland security-related research and would manage national efforts to develop vaccines and other countermeasures for biological and chemical terrorism.

* Information analysis — This unit would analyze intelligence and other information from the CIA, the National Security Agency, the FBI, INS and other organizations. It would be responsible for evaluating the country's critical infrastructure and its vulnerabilities, including food and water systems, energy, transportation and national monuments.

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