Q: What needs the most attention in homeland security?
A: We're still working to understand our processes and still putting the department together. We're still hiring people. This is very early. It's less than two months. We have an organizational structure but no operational structure. The process produces methodologies, lines of authority. We do need a strategic approach, and it has to be a long-term approach. You can spend a lot of money and have very little effect. We need to build the analytical basis.
We're doing this as fast as we can, but it's still gong to take months. I'd like to feel that by the end of this year, we'll have a fully functioning operating structure with priorities and metrics.
Q: There has been a lot of lobbying in Congress to avoid regulation. The chemical industry, shippers resisting the 24-hour notification rule on containers, banks resisting money-laundering regulations...
A: My view is people are cooperative with the department's efforts. But this is our system of government. You're always going to have the discussion, give and take, and push back. At the end of the day, we end up with a system that meets all the objectives.
More companies have to recognize that they have a fiduciary responsibility to protect their assets. I believe Corporate America is very respons