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White House works on data management privacy principles

May 20, 2002 As the White House unveils online government services, the nation's e-government chief said Monday that the Bush administration is working hard to balance concerns over privacy with the need for streamlined information-sharing practices. These challenges are particularly difficult for government, Mark Forman, associate director of information technology and e-government for ...

Groups push for online access to details of federal contracts

May 17, 2002 Consumer advocates and policy organizations are tossing their support behind an initiative that would require certain government contracts to be made publicly available online. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is spearheading an initiative that would compel federal agencies to routinely post contracts on the Internet. Proponents ...

Patent office's paperless push sparks industry criticism

May 16, 2002 Until the Patent and Trademark Office can fully demonstrate that its electronic database functions reliably, the agency should not implement a plan to eliminate paper patent and trademark files, a group of patent searchers said Thursday. As the PTO prepares to move to new facilities in Alexandria, Va., as part ...

Intellectual property rights issues hamper contracting process

May 13, 2002 Industry and Bush administration officials on Friday told a House panel that federal procurement officers require more training on the intellectual property (IP) issues involved in government contracts if they want to attract more commercial firms for information technology work. The increasing role of technology in homeland security means that ...

House lawmakers advocate biometrics-based licenses

May 1, 2002 Reacting to the security lapses revealed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the growing problem of identity theft, Republican Tom Davis and Democrat James Moran, both House members from Virginia, on Wednesday introduced a measure that would enable states to store biometric information on drivers' licenses. The measure seeks ...

Privacy bill focuses on agency regulations

April 24, 2002 Citing the need to restore balance to laws impacting the privacy of Americans, several House lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would require federal agencies to disclose the privacy implications of their proposed regulations. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., introduced the unnumbered measure, which would require all agencies to include the ...

Senator questions border security bill as debate begins

April 12, 2002 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd Friday defended his commitment to protecting the United States against terrorist threats and chided congressional Republicans for opposing homeland security funding measures that he spearheaded. At an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, Byrd said he is not trying to stall a proposal ...

Lawmakers pan patent fee plan, urge agency reforms

April 11, 2002 Echoing industry sentiments, a group of bipartisan House lawmakers on Thursday blasted the Bush administration's proposal to divert funds raised from a new fee on patent and trademark applications. Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property weighed concerns over President Bush's fiscal 2003 budget ...

FBI information systems still at 'substantial risk,' officials say

April 9, 2002 The FBI runs major risks of having its information systems infiltrated despite the agency's recent overhaul efforts, top FBI officials said Tuesday. After the capture of Robert Hanssen, who worked at the FBI for more than 20 years while spying for the Soviet Union, the FBI has taken steps to ...

U.S. must bolster its homeland defenses, lawmaker says

April 5, 2002 The United States is not doing enough to confront potentially devastating threats, including attacks with weapons of mass destruction, to secure the homeland and protect the continuity of civilian-government operations, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday. As a member of the Hart-Rudman Commission--also known as the U.S. Commission on ...