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Ridge unveils management plan for first responders

March 1, 2004 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Monday unveiled a standardized management plan to be used by first responders to emergencies. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) will provide a "unified command center for state, local and federal [entities] so that all levels of government share a common set of ...

Homeland Security officials accused of 'foot dragging' on port security

December 18, 2003 CAMDEN, N.J.--Despite some advances in port security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, lawmakers have "serious concerns" about how customs and border officials at the Homeland Security Department target inbound commerce, a House subcommittee member said on Tuesday. "Foot dragging and unresponsive answers ... often punctuate" security efforts, Rep. ...

Defense official defends idea of data mining

December 2, 2003 Public misconceptions of privacy and civil liberties issues surrounding the Defense Department's Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program led to its demise, a Defense official said on Tuesday. The end of TIA, which called for "mining" commercial databases for information on potential terrorists, was the result of "lots of distortions and ...

Lawmakers decry inability to share veterans' health data

November 19, 2003 House lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern over how long it is taking to foster the sharing of medical records between the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments. It is critical that the two military-related Cabinet agencies be able to share medical information on veterans, Indiana Republican Steve Buyer, chairman of the ...

Lawmakers urge feds to take lead on first responder issues

November 6, 2003 While there is an abundance of information on the problems facing "first responders" to emergencies, the lack of leadership in addressing their concerns has hampered progress on the issue, two House lawmakers said on Thursday. "At the federal level, there are too many cooks stirring the soup," Missouri Republican William ...

Homeland security, crime are focus of tech-related bills

October 6, 2003 The outcry over the 2001 antiterrorism law known as the USA PATRIOT Act manifested itself in new Senate legislation last week. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, authored the measure, S. 1695, which would expand the "sunset" provision in the PATRIOT Act so that additional government surveillance powers granted ...

Tech coordinators for Homeland Security face challenges

September 23, 2003 ROANOKE, Va.-Integrating 22 agencies into the Homeland Security Department remains a challenge for project coordinators, Chief Information Officer Steve Cooper said Tuesday. "Our challenge is a little bit different than the commercial case studies we've tried to learn from," Cooper said. "We don't actually have an acquiring entity. We are ...

'NET Guard:' An idea still waiting for its time to come

September 15, 2003 Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took to the Senate floor to tout a novel idea. "What this country needs," he said in a floor statement on improving emergency information systems, "is essentially a technology equivalent of the National Guard: ...

First responders need national standards, says former lawmaker

September 9, 2003 Local "first responders" to emergencies will not be able to effectively react to a terrorist attack until they have a standard for response, a former senator said on Tuesday. "What we need is a mandate for national minimum standards for homeland security for first responders," former Republican Sen. Warren Rudman, ...

Army seeks volunteers for teen science education program

August 8, 2003 An Army education program designed to spur interest in math, science and technology is struggling this year to attract enough volunteer "ambassadors" to help students with their projects. The program, dubbed eCybermission, is an online competition open to teenagers in sixth through ninth grades. Student groups are instructed to identify ...