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Ridge sees security gaps since Sept. 11 attacks

September 20, 2010 Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Monday criticized what he said are ongoing gaps in the nation's security, including insufficient funding for the Coast Guard and the lack of a system to develop and distribute vaccines. Ridge cited a handful of areas that the Obama administration and the next ...

Senator will introduce immigration overhaul before election

September 15, 2010 Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on Wednesday announced he plans to introduce comprehensive immigration legislation in the coming weeks, a move apparently intended to satisfy and energize Latino voters before the midterm elections in which congressional Democrats are expected to sustain heavy losses. The bill is expected to be introduced this ...

Companies begin offering faster airport screening

September 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The race is on among private companies to revive a long-defunct service that would give airline passengers -- especially frequent flyers -- faster processing through airport security lines. Two companies, each with a deep bench of airport and security experience, are vying to resurrect the Registered Traveler program. The program ...

GOP lawmaker calls for halt to federal 'spending spree'

August 27, 2010 House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, earlier this week declared that GOP proposals to limit federal spending could save taxpayers more than $340 billion, while the White House charged Republicans with clinging to failed economic policies that helped create the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. "If we ...

Firms begin offering faster airport screening

August 20, 2010 The race is on among private companies to revive a long-defunct service that would give airline passengers -- especially frequent flyers -- faster processing through airport security lines. Two companies, each with a deep bench of airport and security experience, are vying to resurrect the Registered Traveler program. The program ...

Lawmaker demands data on amount of spilled oil

August 19, 2010 A key House Democrat on Thursday demanded the Obama administration release scientific data showing how much oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill poured into the Gulf of Mexico, saying recently disclosed findings might be giving the public "a false sense of confidence." "Overconfidence breeds complacency, and complacency is what got ...

CIA opens center to prevent spread of dangerous weapons, technology

August 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA today announced the creation of a counterproliferation center that will lead the agency's efforts to detect and prevent the spread of dangerous weapons and technology. The agency has worked on improving its counterprofileration capabilities since coming to the failed judgment in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of mass ...

CIA opens counterproliferation center

August 18, 2010 The CIA Wednesday announced the creation of a counterproliferation center, which will lead the agency's efforts to detect and prevent the spread of dangerous weapons and technology. The agency has worked on improving its counterprofileration capabilities since coming to the failed judgment in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of mass ...

Senate clears $600 million border bill funded by work-visa fees

August 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would pump $600 million in emergency spending into security efforts along the border with Mexico, which would be paid for by raising work-visa fees on foreign companies operating in the United States. The bill, which goes to President Obama for his signature, ...

Senate clears $600M border bill

August 12, 2010 The Senate Thursday approved a bill that would pump $600 million in emergency spending into security efforts along the border with Mexico, which would be paid for by raising work-visa fees on foreign companies operating in the United States. The bill, which goes to President Obama for his signature, has ...