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McCain draws some union support

September 3, 2008 Skip Roberts is assistant director for the Service Employees International Union, a huge labor group that represents public service workers, nurses, and security guards. In the Twin Cities this week as he has entered elevators and receptions and talked to GOP delegates about where he works, the Vietnam veteran often ...

FBI manager keeps agency tech upgrade on track

June 30, 2003 In the late 1980s, the Internal Revenue Service began a technology modernization program to replace its decades-old computing system. The effort was a disaster. The agency spent $4 billion and ended up with an unworkable computer system that had to be scrapped and replaced in the late 1990s. W. Wilson ...

Warning center for cyber attacks is online, official says

June 25, 2003 A national early-warning network and analysis center for cyber attacks is operating in 30 locations, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Paul Kurtz, a special assistant to President Bush and senior director for critical infrastructure protection in the Homeland Security Council, said the Cyber Warning and Information Network ...

Companies outline efforts to practice, preach cybersecurity

June 23, 2003 Executives from companies in the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) on Monday outlined their efforts to bolster cybersecurity and privacy as the number of computer attacks continues to rise. At a congressional briefing, executives from AIG Cyber Insurance, Nortel Networks, Verizon Communications and Visa all outlined how they are encouraging cybersecurity ...

Ex-IBM executive leads FBI technology overhaul

June 17, 2003 During Wednesday's House Appropriations subcommittee hearing examining the FBI's reorganization effort, bureau Director Robert Mueller's technology expert will sit right behind him poised to offer advice on any questions about the FBI's information technology overhaul. Wilson Lowery, a former IBM executive who came to the FBI in July 2002 because ...

Tech industry doubts about focus on cybersecurity linger

June 13, 2003 For some lobbyists, the fact that the Homeland Security Department chose to outline its new cybersecurity division's place on the bureaucratic ladder on a Friday afternoon last week was not a coincidence. It signaled to them that cybersecurity issues are not the highest priority as the department's leaders work to ...

Homeland Security unveils new cybersecurity division, seeks chief

June 6, 2003 The Homeland Security Department on Friday officially unveiled its cybersecurity division to focus on securing the nation's computer networks, but the unit still lacks a chief. Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Robert Liscouski called the new division "the feet" to implement the administration's strategy to secure cyberspace and ...

Security officials urge more research into supercomputing

June 4, 2003 The nation's investment in supercomputing research and development has played a crucial role in national security, but more investment is needed to resolve numerous computational problems, a key National Security Agency (NSA) official said on Wednesday. George Cotter, chief of NSA's Office of Corporate Assessments, said the conclusion of a ...

Report details homeland security contracting opportunities

May 28, 2003 Only nine of the 12,500 companies that proposed homeland security technologies for the Defense Department after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks received funding, demonstrating just how risky investments in that market may be, according to one investment firm. To help venture capitalists and corporations determine how to better target ...

Administration has hits, misses in implementing management agenda

May 9, 2003 Government reform is a perennial favorite issue, but no administration has been able to fully implement its plans for overhauling the operations of the federal bureaucracy. However, President Bush has taken a different approach that officials and executives say bodes well for making government, including electronic government, more efficient and ...