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New homeland security chief dives right in

January 31, 2009
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — In her first full week as the nation’s homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano got a full dose of the job’s diverse responsibilities — responding to ice storms in the Midwest, dealing with Congress on budget matters and scrutinizing security plans for the Super Bowl.

During it all, she said, she tried to learn her way around Washington.

Napolitano, who stepped down as governor of Arizona to accept the job, said her routine includes morning security briefings followed by visits to Department of Homeland Security agencies and interviews with job candidates.

In addition, she called the governors of Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky to make sure they were getting the help they needed to cope with ice storms, she said.

Napolitano described the ice storms as the “most pressing issue” during her first week in office.

Napolitano has issued a series of “action orders” asking for information from DHS agencies about northern border security, cyber security and transportation security, among other things. Responses for some of the issues are due Monday.

“I would say, by and large, Congress has done a pretty good job at getting resources to this key department,” Napolitano told reporters Friday, adding that her job is to make sure those resources are used effectively.

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