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Ridge praises capital region's partnership on security

August 5, 2003 The joint homeland security efforts of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia should serve as an example for other states looking to build their own homeland security plans, Secretary Tom Ridge said at a Tuesday security briefing. The District and its surrounding states have fostered a "sense of mission,...

Homeland Security Secretary pushes partnerships

July 30, 2003 State-level coordination is key to maintaining an effective U.S. security strategy, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Wednesday. "It's impossible to secure the nation's homeland exclusively from the nation's capital," he said during a keynote speech at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. "Just as important...

Security officials discuss efforts to combat computer crime

July 28, 2003 Research and development into cybersecurity is essential to combat computer crime, a security researcher said on Monday. "Computer crime is rising in scope," said Andrew Macpherson, the technical program coordinator for Dartmouth University's Institute for Security Technology Studies. "I don't think we have any way of quantifying computer crime [at...

House panel questions contracting policies for national labs

July 10, 2003 The Department of Energy (DOE) lacks an understandable contracting policy for its national laboratories, members of a House Science subcommittee said on Thursday. "The logic behind the department's recent contracting decisions has been hard to follow," said Illinois Republican Judy Biggert, chairwoman of the Energy Subcommittee. Robert Card, the department's...

Lawmaker says PTO reform is 'critical' to tech firms

June 23, 2003 Reform at the Patent and Trademark Office is "critical to the health of high-tech industries," a key House subcommittee chairman said at a Monday biotechnology conference. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, said he is committed to PTO reform...

Defense plans to expand online voting in 2004 election

June 20, 2003 Despite voting issues that plagued the 2000 election, the Defense Department will expand its online voting initiative during the 2004 election cycle. Dubbed SERVE, short for Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment, the program is part of the federal voting-assistance program and is open to military personnel in the United...

E-gov leader says trust is key to online government

June 6, 2003 Government agencies must foster trust in order to reach the average citizen and business via information technology, a top White House official said on Friday. "Getting agencies to use modern, trustworthy technology is critical," Mark Forman, e-government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, said at an e-government conference....

Lawmakers focus on security-related technology issues

October 11, 2002 The big news in Congress this week was the approval of a resolution authorizing unilateral military action in Iraq, but lawmakers also introduced several technology-related bills focusing on security and issues like identity theft, privacy and Internet safety. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced his long-awaited legislation, S. 3107, designed to...

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