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Feds Convene Meeting On Inauguration Safety

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine met today at Secret Service headquarters to discuss Inauguration security details. Though estimates for attendance are down to 2 million from the originally expected 4 million, the quorum signals the cooperation involved in planning next month's massive event.

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"No single entity can implement necessary security measures on its own," read a release from the Department of Homeland Security. "At present, 58 federal, military, state and city law enforcement and public safety agencies are working together to ensure a safe and smooth event."

The officials were joined by representatives from the following security agencies: Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, departments of Health and Human Services and Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Park Police, Capitol Police, General Services Administration, and Smithsonian Museum.


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Last week,Chertoff told CBS News' Bob Orr that he is "worried about the large number of people coming into the city" and wanted to meet with local governors and the DC mayor to discuss "nuts and bolts" issues and answer questions such as: "Is there adequate lodging? Is there a good transportation plan? Are we prepared if there is some sort of frustration on the part of some people who don't have a place to stay?" Watch the full interview

Looks like his wishes were granted.

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