“The Department of Homeland Security began to take shape five years ago this month. It involved the unprecedented merger of two dozen agencies and almost 200,000 federal employees. But now, more than $200 billion later, the department faces low morale, missed deadlines and continued questions about its effectiveness.
When President Bush signed legislation in 2002 creating the new department, everyone knew that such a massive reorganization would be tough. But there was also agreement after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that something had to be done.” (NPR)