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Lawmaker sees hurdles to effective Defense transformation

October 15, 2003 Efforts to modernize the armed forces to better cope with 21st-century threats can get "bogged down" in acquiring new technologies, Rep. Mac Thornberry said on Wednesday. "When you look at transformations of the past, you don't transform everything, but you make wise and informed wagers on some technologies that will...

Homeland Security issues interim rule on industry liability

October 14, 2003 The Homeland Security Department on Tuesday announced an interim rule designed to limit the liability risks associated with anti-terrorism technology. The announcement came during a seminar with industry officials. "It is in the public's interest to have this interim rule effective immediately because its aim is to foster the development...

Cargo industry questions department's ability to implement port security rule

September 29, 2003 The cargo industry is pleased the Homeland Security Department has delayed a final rule to increase security at U.S. ports, but officials said the newly established department does not have the manpower to implement the regulation when it does go into effect. "It's good, [but] not implementing the rule would...

Panel allows deductions for retirees' health premiums

September 26, 2003 The House Government Reform Committee on Thursday passed a bill to allow tax deductions for federal civilian and military retirees paying into federal health insurance premium programs. The bill (H.R. 1231) would amend the U.S. tax code to allow federal civilian and military retirees to pay into the Federal Employees...

House panel calls for financial accountability at Homeland Security

September 25, 2003 A House Government Reform subcommittee on Wednesday passed legislation to institute financial accountability at the newly-established Department of Homeland Security. The Government Efficiency and Financial Management Subcommittee passed the bill (H.R. 2886) by voice vote. The measure would require the Homeland Security Department to abide by the Chief Financial Officers...

Panel seeks to protect agencies from information sharing risks

September 25, 2003 The House Government Reform Committee on Thursday passed legislation to protect federal agencies from security and privacy risks posed by Internet file-sharing technology. The bill (H.R. 3159) would require federal agencies to develop and implement a plan within six months to address threats to computer systems from downloading "peer-to-peer" file...

Homeland Security misses reporting deadlines

September 18, 2003 The Homeland Security Department has missed deadlines set by the House Appropriations Committee to assess the cost, scope and timetable for technology-related projects, according to committee aides. The deadlines are part of the legislation that would fund the department in fiscal 2004. A division of Homeland Security in charge of...

Ridge to appeal to citizenry for thoughts on homeland security

September 16, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Tuesday launched a new initiative designed to engage citizens in homeland security efforts. "Citizen participation is an important spoke in the wheel of homeland security," he said of the partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government to host a series of town-hall meetings...

Postal Service may be exempted from e-filing rule

September 12, 2003 The Homeland Security Department is considering excusing the Postal Service from meeting a new regulation designed to strengthen port security. In December, the department's Customs and Border Protection Bureau (CBP) plans to implement a new regulation requiring all air, sea, rail and truck carriers to electronically file information on their...

Agencies face hurdles in implementing 'smart cards'

September 9, 2003 Federal agencies face significant hurdles in implementing the widespread use of "smart cards," panelists told a House Government Reform subcommittee on Tuesday. Officials from the General Accounting Office (GAO), General Services Administration (GSA), and Defense and Commerce departments told lawmakers that culture is a major barrier to the cards' implementation,...

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