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OMB aims to link all agencies to e-rule site by 2007

December 5, 2005 The Office of Management and Budget is looking to link all federal agencies to a Web site that allows users to submit electronic rulemaking comments by fiscal 2007, the nation's top administrator for e-government said Monday. The agency launched regulation.gov in 2003, but much of the work on the Web ...

Bush's plan to fight bird flu relies on technology initiatives

November 1, 2005 President Bush on Tuesday announced plans for a $7 billion response plan for a potential flu pandemic that includes worldwide monitoring and surveillance and an online presence. But leading Democrats quickly criticized his response. "We do not have evidence that a pandemic is imminent," but history suggests that the world ...

Lawmakers criticize federal officials on emergency response communications

October 26, 2005 Members of a House Homeland Security subcommittee lashed out at Federal Communications Commission officials Wednesday for their lackluster efforts on encouraging the development of communication systems that can work across jurisdictions. Long before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, "the FCC dropped the ball" on such interoperability by not ...

Former DHS chief criticizes local response efforts

September 20, 2005 RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Monday criticized state and local preparedness in advance of Hurricane Katrina but was careful not to address the Bush administration's role in responding to the disaster. Officials in New Orleans had "done their fair share of tabletop" exercises to prepare ...

OMB: Agencies must use advanced Internet by 2008

June 29, 2005 Federal agencies must use the next-generation Internet service known as Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) by June 2008, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced Wednesday. The office said it would issue a policy memorandum dictating full federal "IPv6" compliance in an effort to spur its deployment throughout ...

Report on DHS cybersecurity initiatives expected next month

June 8, 2005 ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Homeland Security Department is crafting a cyber-security response plan and next month will provide an update to the National Cyber Response Coordination Group about how it is leveraging capabilities, a department official said Wednesday. Building the response plan and securing critical infrastructure are two of the ...

GAO: Still not enough work on cybersecurity

May 26, 2005 Though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made strides in its cybersecurity efforts, the agency has not adequately addressed any of its key responsibilities in that area, an assertion the agency disputed, according to a Thursday report from the Government Accountability Office. GAO praised DHS for establishing a computer ...

Lawmakers lament lack of funding for science agency

May 12, 2005 A House lawmaker Thursday urged experts in the nanotechnology field to push members of Congress to increase funding for the National Science Foundation. Actual NSF funding is nowhere near authorization levels while money for the National Institutes of Health has doubled, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., said at a Capitol Hill ...

Labor Department unveils updated benefits Web tools

April 29, 2005 On the third anniversary of its benefits Web site, the Labor Department on Friday unveiled a new design function intended to promote participation among federal and state agencies and announced that its loans Web site is available in Spanish. Using the "Customized Connections" program, agencies will be able to link ...

Strategy trumps money on intelligence reform, says former governor

March 29, 2005 ARLINGTON, Va. -- The architects of intelligence reform must have a clear plan for revamping the community and not focus so much attention on the funding aspect of the task, former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore said Tuesday. "Policymakers themselves need to have some overarching structure," Gilmore, who served as chairman ...