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Pentagon's strategy focuses on joint operations, security

April 9, 2004 The Pentagon over the next five years plans to continue focusing more resources on homeland defense and joint capabilities involving the different branches of the military, according to a classified strategy document. The appendix section of the military's annual Strategic Planning Guidance (SPG) -- obtained by National Journal's Technology Daily...

Coast Guard modernization plan veers off course

April 8, 2004 A 20-year, multibillion-dollar program to overhaul the Coast Guard's traditional assets is sailing off the charted course, a government official told Congress Wednesday. "We estimate that to return the program to its original 20-year completion schedule will cost about $2.2 billion more than the Coast Guard estimated when the program...

Group backs new computer security requirements for agencies

April 6, 2004 A corporate working group spearheaded by a House lawmaker on Tuesday released recommendations to increase the nation's cybersecurity efforts. The Corporate Information Security Working Group, led by Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., suggested various security initiatives, such as legislation to ensure that federal departments incorporate information security into technology investments and...

Homeland official says more funds needed for future growth

April 2, 2004 A Homeland Security official on Thursday said President Bush's fiscal 2005 budget proposal for science and technology is sufficient, but pressure for innovation in several areas could impact programs in the future. "We've got a billion dollar budget, but $5 billion worth of requirements," said Vayl Oxford, Homeland's special assistant...

Homeland Security Department's work on cybersecurity questioned

March 30, 2004 Lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Homeland Security Department officials about their efforts to better protect the nation's critical infrastructure while expanding the department's information technology architecture. Texas Republican Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cyber Security, said that while he is "pleased" the department acknowledged the need...

Timelines for consolidation of terrorist lists conflict

March 25, 2004 A dozen watch lists of suspected terrorists will be unified into one database by the end of this year and made accessible immediately to federal, state and local officials, according to the official who heads the center overseeing the consolidation. "We are currently in phase three, which concludes before the...

Lawmakers debate future of Homeland Security panel

March 24, 2004 Top lawmakers on Wednesday debated whether House leaders should redraw jurisdictional lines in the chamber next year to make room for a permanent Homeland Security Committee. "Crafting the right balance between the jurisdictional responsibility of a new Homeland Security Committee and the very legitimate interests of the dozen committees that...

Deadline questioned for long-awaited upgrades to FBI computer system

March 23, 2004 FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Tuesday that portions of a beleaguered initiative to upgrade his agency's computer system is on track for completion next month, but the Justice Department's inspector general testified that the deadline could slip again. "I believe that we are now on the right track,...

Consolidation of border technologies seen as distant goal

March 22, 2004 A Homeland Security Department official on Monday said the department plans to consolidate the different systems and technologies that border officials use to track visitors entering and exiting the country but not in the near future. "We're looking to harmonize the systems and technology," said Jim Williams, who is in...

Panel debates status of Homeland Security chief financial officer

March 10, 2004 To fix weaknesses in financial management, the Homeland Security Department should develop standard policies and centralize control over accountants from different agencies within the department, the DHS inspector general said Wednesday. Currently, financial managers at agencies within Homeland Security report directly to the heads of those agencies, rather than to...