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Key Democrat blasts White House homeland security moves

June 26, 2002 A key Democrat in the homeland security debate blasted the Bush administration Wednesday for stealing the idea of a Homeland Security Department and said that officials in charge of crafting the new department are flailing. California Democrat Ellen Tauscher and Texas Republican Mac Thornberry sponsored a bill, H.R. 4660, to ...

Bush official urges agencies to upgrade homeland security systems now

June 25, 2002 Federal agencies should not wait for the creation of a new Homeland Security Department to upgrade their information technology systems to better protect the nation, a Bush administration official said Tuesday. "We think we cannot only improve security but improve performance" in airports, at the nation's borders and ports, and ...

Agencies seek industry input on e-gov plan

June 18, 2002 The federal government is calling on the technology industry to help lay the foundation for the Bush administration's e-government plan. The General Services Administration on Tuesday hosted an "industry day" to update companies on where the government is on its e-authentication project--one of the 24 e-government initiatives approved by the ...

New department may help craft cybersecurity stragegy

June 7, 2002 The United States faces a very real cyber threat, experts said Friday, and many people in government and industry are waiting to see if President Bush's proposed homeland security reorganization may help form a national cybersecurity strategy. The Cabinet-level Homeland Security Department Bush proposed Thursday would have the responsibility of, ...

State CIOs seek federal help to implement health care rules

May 28, 2002 The federal government must share with the states the cost of implementing health care rules and must work with the states to ensure that technology systems are up to the task, according to state chief information officers. Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) convened in ...

State CIOs aid White House in homeland security plan

May 24, 2002 State chief information officers are coalescing to help the White House Office of Homeland Security with technology-related components of the national homeland security strategy. Homeland Security CIO Steve Cooper this week asked the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) to designate some members to help his office decide ...

Cybersecurity legislation gets mixed reviews

May 2, 2002 Government and industry officials on Thursday hailed a bill aimed at ensuring that federal agencies maintain strong information security but questioned certain aspects of the measure. Two House Government Reform subcommittees--Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, and Technology and Procurement Policy--held a joint hearing on the bill, H.R. 3844, ...

Rep. Davis proposes quicker review of security technology

April 30, 2002 Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., plans to introduce legislation this week to help organize and speed the federal government's evaluation and implementation of various technologies for homeland security and anti-terrorism efforts. Davis, who chairs the House Government Reform Technology and Procurement Policy Subcommittee, said he will introduce a bill Wednesday to ...

Tech firms ally to push homeland security solutions

April 29, 2002 Technology companies and government need to enhance collaboration as they seek the most effective way to secure the nation's airports and other transportation methods and facilities, industry leaders said Monday. EDS, Oracle, PwC Consulting and Sun Microsystems recently formed an alliance to help the Transportation Security Administration and other federal ...

Homeland security depends on new technologies, Ridge says

April 24, 2002 White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge on Tuesday said the high-tech sector is making instrumental contributions to the Bush administration as it cultivates a national homeland security strategy. Homeland security efforts will depend on technologies such as biometrics, next-generation detection devices designed to find traces of chemical or biological ...