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Agencies focus on better cargo security to fight terrorism

December 5, 2002 Federal agencies charged with ensuring the security of cargo shipped throughout the nation say they are making progress in implementing new systems to aid in their work. Officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs Service told an audience at a cargo security conference on Thursday that they are...

IRS promotes efforts to enable online tax filing

December 4, 2002 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials said on Wednesday that the agency is moving ahead with efforts to allow individuals to file their taxes online, a project that will be aided by the unveiling of a new Internet site in January. The IRS signed an agreement with a consortium of private...

E-government bill wins praise from tech officials

December 2, 2002 Privacy advocates and technology industry groups are hailing the passage of legislation aimed at boosting online government services. They see the measure, which President Bush is expected to sign before year's end, as a way to cement the government's commitment to modernization and as a boon to consumer privacy. The...

NASA, tech firms work toward remote Internet links

November 27, 2002 Researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and several industry players have developed a system to facilitate Internet connections from even the most remote locations on the planet using satellite technology. More than two years in the making, the system is designed to facilitate secure Internet connections from...

Contractors act quickly to try to shape security agenda

November 25, 2002 A group of security and defense contractors on Monday offered their recommendations for shaping policies to defend the nation from terrorist threats. The Homeland Security Industries Association unveiled eight papers focused on improving security in such places as critical infrastructure, airports, seaports and the food supply-and recommended ways that the...

Officials appeal for continued e-signature exemptions

November 22, 2002 Federal courts and the Environmental Protection Agency are urging the Bush administration to maintain language that exempts documents relating to court cases and hazardous materials from a law that gives legal weight to electronic signatures. In comments filed earlier this month, judicial officials told the National Telecommunications and Information Administration...

Local officials give homeland bill mixed reviews

November 19, 2002 Local officials are lauding a provision in the bill to create a Homeland Security Department that would clarify rules allowing federal law enforcement authorities to share sensitive information with state and local counterparts. But at the same time, they are expressing concern over budgetary delays halting the distribution of funds...

Agencies to test technology for digitizing documents

November 4, 2002 Several federal agencies are eyeing a new technology product from Adobe that can fully digitize documents. The technology would help them meet an impending mandate for conducting more business electronically. The Internal Revenue Service and Agriculture Department have been participating in a test program launched by the San Jose, Calif.-based...

Legislative delay hinders technology officials' security work

October 23, 2002 Federal technology leaders are making progress in coordinating an e-government infrastructure and harmonizing information technology needs in preparation for the proposed Homeland Security Department, a white House official said Wednesday, but the congressional delay in creating the Cabinet-level agency is hampering the effort. Jim Flyzik, senior adviser to White House...

E-gov chief says budget delays not hurting tech projects

October 23, 2002 The head of the Bush administration's e-government initiative said Wednesday that delays over budget approvals have not adversely affected information technology projects within federal agencies. "So far, it has not been a binding constraint," Mark Forman, associate director of information technology and e-government at the White House Office of Management...

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