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Terrorism alert issued to airlines

July 29, 2003 Fearing that al Qaeda may soon strike again, the Homeland Security Department has warned commercial airlines carriers to be on alert for potential hijackings. The department has not, however, increased the national threat level which remains at yellow, indicating an "elevated level" of risk. "The U.S. intelligence community has received ...

SEC to return part of its 2003 appropriations

July 24, 2003 Unable to hire hundreds of new accountants and investigators, the Securities and Exchange Commission won't spend $103 million of its fiscal 2003 budget, and will return the money to the general Treasury fund. The SEC received a 45 percent increase in its funding in 2003-the largest increase in agency history-and ...

Postal Service consolidates administrative operations

July 11, 2003 In its ongoing effort to streamline operations, the Postal Service Friday announced plans to consolidate administrative functions in five districts. Roughly 650 employees, mainly managers, will be affected, as well as about 125 unionized workers. The plan is to merge similar office jobs in the areas of human resources, clerical ...

Rule provides liability protection for anti-terror technologies

July 10, 2003 The Homeland Security Department Friday will publish a proposed rule designed to accelerate the development of anti-terrorism technologies. Mandated by the law that created the department, the rule will protect companies from massive lawsuits in the event such technologies fail to prevent another terrorist attack. A copy of the rule ...

Companies seek financial relief for increased security costs

July 9, 2003 Corporations seeking to shore up defenses against future terrorist attacks are looking to Congress to help reduce their financial burdens. In particular, firms are getting behind legislation introduced in the spring by Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Ill. The bill, H.R. 2970, would provide tax relief for companies as they make improvements ...

Airport screeners don't have bargaining rights, labor board rules

July 8, 2003 Airport security screeners do not have collective bargaining rights, the Federal Labor Relations Authority ruled Tuesday. The decision is a major setback for the American Federation of Government Employees, which has been trying for the past several months to organize screeners across the country. In January, Transportation Security Administrator James ...

TSA takes on costs of airport security

July 7, 2003 The federal government will soon pony up millions of dollars to help airports improve their security. In a long-anticipated move, the Transportation Security Administration Monday finalized agreements to help three of the nation's largest airports pay for the installation of explosive-detection equipment. Under the agreements, TSA will pick up 75 ...

Big Shot

July 1, 2003 Thirty years after conquering smallpox, Donald Henderson is fighting his old nemesis and selling a new immunization program to skeptical health care workers. onald A. Henderson is angry. He resents being put back in the position of fighting an enemy he helped eliminate 30 years ago. He's upset that the ...

Dems say agencies fall short of small business contracting goals

June 25, 2003 For the fourth year in a row, Democratic lawmakers have accused federal agencies of failing to meet their small business contracting obligations. The government earned an overall grade of 'D' in an annual small business contracting report card, released June 25 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y. Last year, agencies garnered ...

Postmasters close to winning negotiating rights

June 19, 2003 The House Government Reform Committee Thursday approved by unanimous consent a bill (H.R. 2249) granting postmasters-and their organizations-the same negotiating rights as other supervisors. A similar bill (S. 678) was approved by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee earlier in the week. Under the legislation, the nation's 26,000 postmasters could use ...