President Bush's recent proposal to create a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security said at least 12 organizations oversee protection of important infrastructure. But the General Accounting Office, the investigating arm of Congress, said it identified at least 50 organizations already involved in such efforts, usually focused on protecting vital computer networks.
The GAO said those groups include five advisory committees, six organizations under the White House, 38 groups under executive agencies and three others. Within the Defense Department alone, the GAO found seven organizations.
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