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Panel offers framework for airline passenger pre-screening plan

December 6, 2005 As the Homeland Security Department finalizes a contentious program to pre-screen airline passengers, an advisory committee on Tuesday provided the department with a framework for the initiative. The Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee said the department should narrowly focus the pre-screening program known as Secure Flight. The committee advised...

Investigators to shed new light on military’s role in Katrina response

December 2, 2005 House and Senate investigators probing the government's response to Hurricane Katrina are wading knee-deep through documents about the catastrophic storm that prompted angry accusations of bureaucratic ineptness. More than 50 aides are trying to figure out what went wrong, when it went wrong, and ultimately, who is responsible. History books...

FAA restrictions bar wider use of drones to patrol border

November 30, 2005 President Bush wants unmanned drones used along the U.S.-Mexican border as part of his broader immigration initiative unveiled this week, but border patrol officials are still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration about where and when it can deploy the systems. "We're going to use drones to be able to...

Congress OKs funds to fortify planes against attack

November 22, 2005 Congress has approved $110 million in fiscal 2006 for the Homeland Security Department to fortify the underbellies of commercial airplanes against shoulder-fired missiles, despite reservations from House lawmakers. Lawmakers in September matched the department's request of $110 million in its fiscal 2006 spending measure, which is $49 million more than...

FBI's cyber division wins key backing in Congress

November 14, 2005 An FBI squad charged with catching computer hackers and designing gadgets found financial backing this year from Senate appropriators, who won support to restore $20 million in fiscal 2006 funding for the agents. "Cyber investigations have been deemed an FBI top priority mission by the FBI and by this committee,"...

Agency seeks e-mail system for FOIA requests

November 11, 2005 The Transportation Security Administration needs an e-mail archival and retrieval system to respond to a flood of Freedom of Information Act requests, according to an agency solicitation. Several companies have responded to the request for existing technology that includes installation, maintenance and training of the necessary software and hardware. The...

House panel hears call to support new intelligence office

November 9, 2005 The Bush administration and Congress must provide more resources to a new office charged with making it easier for federal officials to share intelligence information with state and local officials, the House Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee was told Tuesday. "Congress has authorized, but not yet appropriated, funding for the [information-sharing]...

Frequent flier program raises privacy, security questions

November 7, 2005 The recent announcement by the Transportation Security Administration that next summer it will finish deploying a nationwide program for frequent fliers raises numerous questions about technology, privacy and security. Congress and the airline industry have pressured the agency to establish a timeline for the Registered Traveler program since the agency...

DHS chief sees FEMA operating like a successful business

November 4, 2005 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday he plans to restructure the besieged Federal Emergency Management Agency to efficiently operate like a 21st century distribution company with the ability to track and locate supplies. "We want to be able to do what UPS and DHL does," Chertoff said in a...

TSA to ease security delays for frequent fliers nationwide

November 3, 2005 The Transportation Security Administration plans to kick off a nationwide frequent flier program by next summer and allow the private sector to manage and operate the initiative, a top official told Congress Thursday. The program, known as Registered Traveler, had been in limbo after TSA abruptly stopped pilot programs in...

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