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Homeland Security official defends student tracking system

April 2, 2003 A top Homeland Department Security official on Wednesday defended the government's implementation of a system to track the whereabouts of foreign students studying at U.S colleges and universities. Despite glitches in the system, the Student and Exchange Visitor and Information System (SEVIS) is fully deployed and working well, Johnny Williams ...

Security department may oversee Internet infrastructure

April 1, 2003 The Homeland Security Department may take more of a direct role coordinating the security of the Internet's infrastructure, a top administration official said Tuesday. The Bush administration's acting cybersecurity adviser Howard Schmidt said in an interview that homeland security and government agencies officials are working to formalize a security apparatus ...

Defense finance system upgrade failing, investigators say

March 31, 2003 The Defense Department lacks the necessary management framework and technology blueprints to effectively modernize its financial systems, government investigators said on Monday. The General Accounting Office told a panel of lawmakers that Defense does not have the oversight tools and architecture in place to properly manage and justify its multibillion-dollar ...

Progress on e-gov projects varies widely

March 13, 2003 While the government is demonstrating progress in e-government, many of the initiatives championed by the Bush administration lack key oversight and that threatens the programs' potential benefits, according to a watchdog agency. While many of the 24 e-government initiatives are showing tangible results, not all of them have made the ...

Report to recognize agencies' progress toward IT security

March 12, 2003 The Bush administration is readying a report that will recognize several government agencies for making tangible progress in their efforts to meet security goals for information technology, according to administration officials. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is preparing to send Congress an annual report highlighting the ...

Davis seeks to put reorganization on fast track

March 10, 2003 President Bush needs the flexibility to reorganize federal agencies as the nation faces the prospect of war and security threats loom, House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., said Monday. Davis told a group of government and industry officials that the Bush administration should be empowered to swiftly restructure ...

Former Bush official praises cybersecurity consolidation

March 5, 2003 ORLANDO, Fla.-A former Bush administration official said on Tuesday that consolidation of the government's cybersecurity responsibilities within the Homeland Security Department will enhance efforts to protect physical and electronic infrastructures. The White House last week released an executive order that would dismantle the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, which had ...

Administration officials weigh six new e-gov initiatives

March 5, 2003 ORLANDO, Fla.-A council of budget officials within the Bush administration is weighing whether to roll out six e-government projects in areas that cut across several departments and agencies. The President's Management Council, comprised primarily of chief operating officers and budget executives at federal agencies, is studying six areas to determine ...

Vendors urged to work through Homeland Security agencies

March 4, 2003 ORLANDO, Fla. -- A top official at the Homeland Security Department told technology industry representatives on Tuesday that they should approach the department through officials in component agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration or Customs Service. The department has the feel of a new small business, Coast Guard Chief ...

Agencies are overcoming data-sharing barriers, officials say

March 4, 2003 ORLANDO, Fla. -- Federal agencies are making progress in overcoming "cultural" barriers and turf wars that once prevented them from sharing key information or data related to homeland security, a panel of officials said on Tuesday. After recognizing that a lack of integration may have hampered the United States from ...