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FCC asked to investigate agencies' video news releases

March 17, 2005 Senate Commerce ranking member Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has urged the Federal Communications to investigate the use of government-produced video news releases by local broadcasters that do not provide attribution. Clips of videos created by federal agencies have been broadcast frequently on local news programs without reference to the fact that ...

President Bush appoints new FCC chief

March 16, 2005 President Bush on Wednesday appointed Kevin Martin as chairman of the FCC and successor to Michael Powell, who became a lightning rod for controversy on some telecommunications and media issues. The boyish-looking Martin, 38, has been serving as a Republican commissioner at the agency since 2001. He was deputy general ...

FCC Chairman Powell announces resignation

January 21, 2005 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell announced Friday he will leave the agency in March, ending a tumultuous four-year term that focused on deregulation and indecency on the airwaves. During his tenure, Powell completed rules regarding telecommunications competition, promoted the transition to digital television, resolved the conflict over interference between ...

FCC commissioner seeks disclosure of government-paid journalists

January 13, 2005 Television and radio journalists paid to promote viewpoints, and the broadcasters who air those views, must disclose the sources of funding or face prosecution under communications laws that bar "payola," an FCC commissioner said Thursday. In an unexpected statement at the FCC's January meeting, Jonathan Adelstein called for the agency ...

Veterans Affairs spurs smart-card growth

December 23, 2004 The slow-moving effort to roll out a governmentwide "smart card" that can be used to promote physical and cybersecurity could gain speed with the Veterans Affairs Department smart card for employees. Contractors to the VA initiative say it is the first department to implement a program that complies with a ...

Tech-related programs receive funding in omnibus bill

November 23, 2004 The omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed late Saturday includes funding for various technology-related federal programs in fiscal 2005 but occasionally at lower funding levels than some industry players sought. The Justice Department won $5.2 billion for the FBI, including new funds for training and information technology. The agency would ...

Senate votes for privacy study on agencies' data-mining use

September 16, 2004 Federal agencies that use data-mining technologies will be required to submit a report to Congress on the privacy impact of their activities under the Senate-passed fiscal 2005 Homeland Security Department spending bill. An amendment offered by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., was unanimously accepted. The Senate passed ...

Database firm rejects TSA's pre-screening approach

May 10, 2004 The CEO of a leading commercial database company said Monday that his company has opted out of the government's proposed method of screening airline passengers because the system uses a probability-based system instead of evaluating known risks. At a press conference to promote two new books he wrote, ChoicePoint CEO ...

Acting Patent Office chief urges Senate to pass fee bill

March 18, 2004 Inventors would have to wait an average of more than 40 months for patents if the Senate fails to pass a patent-fee bill, the acting director of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) said Thursday. Testifying before the House Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Subcommittee, John Dudas thanked the subcommittee ...

TSA to require passenger data and issue privacy rules

March 17, 2004 The government will require airlines to provide passenger data so it can test a new computerized screening system, for which it will issue proposed privacy rules, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday. The order to provide data for the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System (CAPPS II) ...