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Research official stewards anti-terrorism complex

December 8, 2003 A Homeland Security Department official charged with research and development compared today's efforts with the nation's activities 60 years ago during the advent of nuclear weapons. "I have a responsibility for what I call federal stewardship," the department's research and development Director Maureen McCarthy said in an interview last week....

Official sees hurdles for 'open source' e-government

December 5, 2003 The lack of clear points of contact for conducting business with companies in the "open source" software industry has hampered the ability of that industry to grow effectively within the government, a former Pentagon official said on Thursday. Certification and accreditation of open-source software, whose underlying code is open to...

Homeland Security science division will also tackle cybersecurity

December 4, 2003 The Homeland Security Department's science and technology directorate will play an important supporting role in efforts to secure the nation's computer infrastructure from attack, top officials with the directorate or broader department said on Monday. In interviews with reporters from National Journal's Technology Daily, the senior officials emphasized that while...

House, Senate split difference on Energy supercomputing funds

November 25, 2003 Lawmakers voted to provide more funding than President Bush requested for key science and technology efforts at the Energy Department in a spending bill cleared a week ago. The House on Nov. 18 adopted the compromise version of a bill, H.R. 2754, to fund energy and water programs in fiscal...

Homeland Security panel OKs first responder funding reforms

November 20, 2003 A House Homeland Security panel on Thursday approved a bill to revamp first responder grant funding programs. The bill (H.R. 3266) would replace the Homeland Security Department's current programs for distributing grant funding to localities and states with a new initiative to allocate money based on threats, vulnerabilities and risk...

House panel clears bill to streamline National Archives

November 19, 2003 A House Government Reform subcommittee on Wednesday approved a bill to make the National Archives and Records Administration more efficient and user-friendly for federal agencies and the public. The Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census Subcommittee passed the bill (H.R. 3478) by voice vote. "The National Archives, created...

Vote on Homeland Security deputy expected this week

November 18, 2003 The Senate could move to approve President Bush's nomination of Adm. James Loy to serve as the Homeland Security Department's deputy secretary by the end of the week, according to a committee aide. A spokeswoman with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the department, said on Tuesday...

Officials press for long-term high-end computing plan

November 12, 2003 A long-term policy for the nation's high-end computing efforts should not be driven by a perception that the United States is losing its competitive edge in the field, officials said during a Wednesday forum on the issue. While proponents for high-end computing repeatedly have stressed that the nation's leadership in...

Communications system proves challenge for Coast Guard

November 10, 2003 The Coast Guard is weathering software glitches in its efforts to roll out a new modernized communication system by 2006. "The software, which ties it all together ... has been a significant challenge for us and the contractor," said Cmdr. Ed Thiedman, assistant program manager for the project. "We have...

Pace of research office mergers at Homeland Security criticized

November 6, 2003 A plan to merge several research and development efforts at the Homeland Security Department are "not moving quickly enough," a Republican congressional aide said on Thursday. Kim Kotlar, the legislative director to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and lead staffer on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research...