|Initiated shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, The Century
Foundation's Homeland Security Project helps to inform the public and influence
policymaking about complex challenges related to preventing and responding to
domestic terrorism. Originally organized around three high-level working groups
on the federal response, federalism issues, and the public's need to know, the
project has since expanded to address immigration challenges as well as issues
related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. Bringing together top
policymakers, academics, and journalists at the forefront of this critical debate,
the project is cochaired by Thomas
Kean, former New Jersey governor and 9/11 Commission chair, and Richard
Celeste, former U.S. Ambassador and governor of Ohio. The Homeland Security
Project is conducted in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Learn more about the different
components of the project and major work produced under each area below. Or, download
a complete list of members of the different working group here
THE FEDERAL RESPONSE
The project has addressed a number of homeland security challenges at the federal
level, including: 1) the creation and implementation of the Department of Homeland
Security and issues agencies face in the new organizational structure; 2) challenges
related to domestic intelligence-gathering and how agencies such as the FBI
and the CIA can better adapt themselves to thwarting domestic terrorism; and
3) trends in legislation and other anti-terror measures introduced since September
11 that threaten to undermine civil liberties, public access to information,
and individual privacy.
The working group originally formed on this issue was chaired by former White
House chiefs of staff John
Podesta and Kenneth
Duberstein. Contributors include Stephen
"Mac" Destler, and Gregory
Browse publications on
federal organization issues and civil
University of Pennsylvania political scientist Donald
F. Kettl coordinates the project's activities in this area, which focus
on issues such as whether minimum standards for states and localities should
be set with respect to homeland security challenges, what "best practices"
have been implemented to date around the country, and how federal, state, and
local officials can best coordinate funding, resources, and expertise to ensure
Browse publications on homeland
security challenges at the state and local level.
THE PUBLIC'S NEED TO KNOW
The Homeland Security Project has examined a range of issues related to the
public's need to know in the post-September 11 era, including: the decisions
journalists and public officials made in handling several major post-September
11 stories, and the intersection of privacy, national security and technological
advances in surveillance and information management.
The Century Foundation Working Group on the Public's Need to Know in a Post-9/11
Era was chaired by John Seigenthaler, head of the First Amendment Center
at Vanderbilt University. John
Stacks, the former executive editor of Time magazine served as
executive director. Contributors include Anthony
Lewis and Paula
Diperna. Browse publications on the
public's need to know and privacy and information issues.
The law-enforcement response to the September 11 attacks, as well as significant
changes to immigration laws over the past few years, have spurred a wide-ranging
debate on how U.S. immigration policy should be changed to enhance national
security while preserving our identity as a "nation of immigrants."
Supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Century
Foundation is convening a series of regional seminars for journalists throughout
2004-2005 with the goal of educating reporters, editors, and columnists about
the complexities of immigration. Learn about the seminars and read publications
on immigration policy at .
PUBLIC HEALTH AND BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
With support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this group has studied how
states are spending federal bioterrorism funds, analyzed state and local public
health preparedness efforts, and recommended strategies for rebuilding the public
health infrastructure. While the importance of strengthening the public health
infrastructure to respond to such an event has been broadly acknowledged, critical
challenges, such as whether the promised flow of federal funds is actually being
used to revamp the nation's eroding public health infrastructure, need to be
examined. Leif Wellington Haase, senior program officer and Health Care Fellow
at the Foundation is executive director of the project on public health and
bioterrorism preparedness. Browse publications on public
health and bioterrorism preparedness.
|The Century Foundation conducts public policy research
and analyses of economic, social, and foreign policy issues,
including inequality, retirement security, election reform,
media studies, homeland security, and international affairs.
The foundation produces books, reports, and other publications,
convenes task forces, and working groups and operates
seven informational Web sites. With offices in New York
City and Washington, D.C., The Century Foundation is nonprofit
and nonpartisan and was founded in 1919 by Edward A. Filene.
Learn more about our mission at The Century Foundation's
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