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Transportation security effort called fragmented, underfunded

September 9, 2003 Senators from both sides of the aisle Tuesday criticized the Bush administration for not adequately funding transportation security initiatives and for not having a coordinated strategy to protect the country's transportation infrastructure from attack. With the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaching, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

Air marshals depart TSA, join law enforcement bureau

September 2, 2003 More than 5,000 law enforcement officials will soon be trained to serve as federal air marshals under a major reorganization at the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced Tuesday that the federal air marshals program will move from the Transportation Security Administration to the Bureau of Immigration...

Senator expands probe into TSP contract

August 29, 2003 Hoping for a complete picture of a failed contract to upgrade the Thrift Savings Plan's computer system, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Thursday expanded an inquiry into the matter to include the fired company, asking executives to turn over all internal documents relating to the project. In a letter to Alfred...

TSA, pilots wage war of words over gun program

August 26, 2003 Transportation Security Administration officials say they are moving "full speed ahead" with a program to train and arm commercial airline pilots. But pilots organizations accuse the agency of dragging its feet and, in some cases, deterring pilots from volunteering to carry weapons. TSA's week-long training classes are currently booked through...

Navy cancels purchase cards amid hacker attack

August 21, 2003 The Navy cancelled all of its purchase cards Thursday after learning that hackers broke into its system, gaining access to 13,000 accounts, according to a news release issued by the Defense Department Purchase Card Program Management Office. As a result, the Navy put a stop on all 22,000 card accounts....

Senator launches probe into TSP contract

August 20, 2003 Concerned that millions of taxpayer and federal employee dollars were wasted, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Wednesday launched an inquiry into a failed contract to modernize the Thrift Savings Plan's computer system. Collins, who chairs the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, requested that the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the...

Winning Acquisition

August 15, 2003 The creative acquisition strategies by the winners of this year's Business Solutions in the Public Interest Awards were essential to the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism. t. Col. Christopher Jella's surveillance flights were instrumental in the U.S. military's swift and decisive victory in Iraq earlier this year....

Knocking at the Door

August 15, 2003 Small businesses take aim at agency efforts to bundle federal contracts into mega-deals. t's not easy being green. At least that's what several small business owners would have you believe. They are complaining about a solicitation for office supplies working its way through the Environmental Protection Agency. The blanket purchase...

Postal Service advances pay-for-performance program

August 14, 2003 After four months of negotiations, the Postal Service and the organizations that represent its managers agreed in late July on a new pay-for-performance structure for postmasters and supervisors. Now the hard part begins-putting it in place. Under the plan, raises for supervisors and managers will be based on three levels...

TSA prepares to test revamped passenger identification system

July 31, 2003 Despite lingering questions, the Transportation Security Administration plans to start testing a new passenger identification system within the next couple of months. If all goes well, the system could be in place nationwide by the end of the year or early next year. But significant hurdles remain. Privacy advocates say...

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