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California research center at heart of data-mining storm

March 11, 2003 For the next few years, Teresa Lunt, principal scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center in California, is expected to be on the front lines of the government's efforts to analyze the nation's commercial databases for potential terrorist activity while also protecting individuals' privacy. She is the leader of one ...

Small firms hire lobbyists to push homeland security products

March 7, 2003 CoCo Communications, a Seattle startup firm, had an idea and a product for homeland security but few friends in Washington, D.C. So the 10-person firm hired the lobbying firm the Petrizzo Group to help it connect with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and officials in the Bush administration. The product-a new ...

House appropriators back tech programs Bush seeks to eliminate

March 6, 2003 Members of the House Appropriations subcommittee that drafts the budget for the Commerce Department on Thursday let Commerce Secretary Donald Evans know that they are unlikely to approve President Bush's request to eliminate funding for some technology programs in fiscal 2004. Both Virginia Republican Frank Wolf, chairman of the Commerce, ...

Elimination of cybersecurity board concerns tech industry

March 3, 2003 An executive order that President Bush issued on Friday shifted a portion of the White House's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board to the Homeland Security Department, leaving high-tech groups unsure who in the administration will specifically oversee cybersecurity. The board, which drafted the national cybersecurity strategy, and the position of White ...

White House adviser urges funding equality for all sciences

February 27, 2003 Though President Bush's fiscal 2004 budget proposal would not provide as much funding for research and development programs as some seek, it demonstrates that the administration is addressing concerns about the balance between R&D funding for the physical and life sciences, a key White House official said on Thursday. Office ...

Cybersecurity plan emphasizes public-private collaboration

February 14, 2003 The White House on Friday officially unveiled its long-anticipated national plan for protecting computer networks, emphasizing the importance of collaboration among the public and private sectors to strengthen cyber security, and avoiding government mandates. The strategy offers five priorities: creating a response system; crafting a program to reduce threats and ...

Commerce proposes merger of telecom, technology agencies

February 13, 2003 The convergence of the telecommunications and technology worlds has prompted the Commerce Department to propose merging its three key technology divisions into one agency. The plan to merge the Technology Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the e-commerce functions of the International Trade Administration (ITA) would require ...

Defense sees role for 'open source' software

January 28, 2003 The Defense Department sees a role for "open source" software as well as proprietary software in its information technology systems, according to a briefing conducted on Capitol Hill by a senior Pentagon official earlier this month. In a presentation to staff for Washington state lawmakers, Dawn Meyerriecks, chief technology officer ...

Homeland Security nominee pushes joint task force model

January 22, 2003 Asa Hutchinson, President Bush's nominee to oversee border and transportation security in the Homeland Security Department, is considering the Drug Enforcement Administration's Joint Interagency Task Force as a model for creating cooperation among the agencies that would be consolidated under his management. In prepared testimony for his Wednesday confirmation hearing ...

White House tech officials race to build security system

January 9, 2003 LAS VEGAS -- As the top information technology officials in the Bush administration are racing to build an integrated computer system for the new Homeland Security Department by Jan. 24, they face some obstacles, a top administration official said on Thursday. Lee Holcomb, the White House Office of Homeland Security's ...