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Lawmakers may combine efforts to create homeland security agency

October 12, 2001 House and Senate lawmakers on Friday stressed the need for a separate homeland security agency, as they also indicated the need to roll various bills on the issue into one package. During a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, lawmakers testified on the need to give Tom Ridge--the new director of...

Tech firms embrace opportunities in Rehabilitation Act

October 3, 2001 Compliance with federal information technology accessibility standards is an ongoing process, and the rapid evolution of technology is what will make IT companies competitive in this arena, according to panelists Wednesday. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 requires agencies to ensure that federal employees and members of...

Panel releases guidelines for battling terrorism

September 24, 2001 A congressionally mandated panel that has the ear of the Bush administration and key lawmakers detailed its anti-terrorism recommendations on Monday, offering its thoughts on the use of the military in response to terrorist threats, border security, cybersecurity and the national health and medical networks. The Advisory Panel to Assess...

FBI nominee seeks cooperation in fighting cybercrime

July 31, 2001 Federal law enforcement agents need to work closely with state and local law officials to combat the increasing occurrence of cybercrime, President Bush's nominee to head the FBI told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. "It is critically important [that] we develop those relationships with the victims of high-tech crime...

Agency data-sharing initiative called a 'mess'

July 25, 2001 The implementation of a federal directive mandating that agencies test data-sharing techniques came under fire Tuesday as lawmakers struggled to get straight answers from federal law enforcers about the success rate and effectiveness of the program. The House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations was...

Agencies need centralized databases, Oracle CEO says

July 11, 2001 Too many disparate databases and not enough information sharing are the fundamental problems preventing government and the private sector from effectively harnessing the efficiency of information technology, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Tuesday. Speaking at the E-Gov 2001 conference in Washington, Ellison cited the health care industry as a classic...

House leader attacks agency information sharing

June 28, 2001 The privacy debate should focus more on government intrusion into citizens' privacy through the sharing of personal information among federal agencies, House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said Wednesday. "I am a happily married half-nutty professor. But I don't know why this has to be shared with the IRS," Armey,...

Report recommends ways to increase technology accessibility

June 22, 2001 The same day that federal regulations took effect mandating that all federal agencies make their technology disability-friendly, a presidentially appointed panel sent a report to President Bush and Congress highlighting ways that current laws can be changed to more effectively allow those with disabilities to take advantage of information technology....

Witnesses urge cooperation in combating cyberattacks

May 24, 2001 The cybercrime arm of the FBI has an important role to play in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, but government needs to work proactively with industry against 21st century security threats, panelists said in statements submitted to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday. The witnesses were scheduled to...

Feds still need to define role in tackling cyberterror, panelists say

May 15, 2001 The massive Y2K efforts exerted to prevent a crash of the nation's critical infrastructure may have moved the nation into the new millennium with a few battle scars, a panel of experts said Monday, but officials should heed the lessons learned from that experience when looking toward protecting the nation's...