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Lawmakers grill top cyber official at Homeland Security

September 4, 2003 House lawmakers on Thursday fired questions at the new chief of infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, asking about the division's fiscal 2004 budget request, upcoming deadlines and the amount of information it shares with Congress. Kentucky Republican Harold Rogers, chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said during ...

Congress weighs D.C. request for security funds

August 21, 2003 The District of Columbia is requesting funding from Congress for emergency preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack, including cyberterrorism, but lawmakers have yet to finalize the numbers in a spending bill that they will consider when both chambers return in September. The District submits a budget to Congress, ...

Homeland Security still seeking to consolidate 'watch lists'

August 20, 2003 Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary Gordon England said Wednesday that the department has not completed the task of combining a dozen separate "watch lists" of potential terrorists because it is a "technical challenge" to consolidate databases and computers that were not designed to share information. The lists are intended to ...

Study: House fattens R&D funds for Defense, Homeland Security

August 19, 2003 The Defense and Homeland Security departments are the big winners for research and development funds in fiscal 2004 spending bills going through Congress, according to science analysts, but lawmakers appear ready to give other federal agencies little or no funding increases. In the various appropriations bills, the House would provide ...

Pitch for unmanned flights could come by year's end

August 18, 2003 Supporters of flying aircraft without pilots in commercial airspace could approach the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the end of the year with proposed standards and regulations for so-called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a source familiar with the process. The FAA has yet to certify UAVs as "airworthy" ...

Firms to showcase unmanned planes for Border Patrol

August 11, 2003 U.S. defense firms are hoping by late September to demonstrate surveillance aircraft without pilots to a homeland security agency that is considering buying drones to patrol U.S. borders. An industry official told National Journal's Technology Daily that within the last two weeks, "plenty of vendors" have responded to a request ...

Senate control uncertain following death of Wellstone

October 25, 2002 The death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., does not immediately change the balance of power in the Senate-but creates a situation in which two Senate elections Nov. 5 could restore Republicans to the majority in the upcoming lame-duck session. Wellstone was killed Friday in the crash of a small chartered ...