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Patent office inefficiencies hamper competition, experts say

March 19, 2002 Inefficiencies in the federal government's process for granting intellectual property rights for new inventions is a major factor contributing to concerns over whether the patent system stifles competition, a panel of experts said Tuesday. During the first day of a two-day conference convened by the Federal Trade Commission and the...

First digitally signed document a harbinger of e-government

March 1, 2002 Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham two weeks ago became the first Cabinet member to send a digitally signed document to President Bush. The paper recommended that the Yucca Mountain in Nevada serve as a national nuclear-waste storage site. Thanks to a system developed by VeriSign, with the aid of Adobe Systems,...

Ridge hints at border agency consolidation

February 26, 2002 White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge on Tuesday signaled to local and state emergency personnel that new recommendations for reorganizing federal immigration and border agencies might be coming. "As part of our consideration of the new 21st-century border, we are presently considering a range of options that goes from...

Homeland security chief touts benefits of 'EZ-Pass' system

February 13, 2002 The nation's homeland security chief on Wednesday highlighted new ways that technology is helping the United States meet its long-term goals for better security along borders and within transportation systems, while not suffocating commercial industry and economic growth. "There is a very interesting thing happening up in Canada," White House...

White House, aviation industry float idea of ID system

February 8, 2002 Federal officials have begun talks with the aviation industry over the need for an identification system to ease the strain of security for airline travelers, White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Thursday. Speaking at the National Press Club about his duties as the nation's security chief, Ridge seemed...

States want in on dot-gov domain

February 1, 2002 An increasing number of states are discovering that "government" is a pretty good trademark. As part of the growing effort to bolster e-government services, more states are switching their Internet portals to address that end in .gov. States are finding that as they add electronic-based services to their Web sites,...

Head of CIA's venture capital arm lists challenges

January 25, 2002 The quasi-private venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency is finding unprecedented demand for better intelligence and security technologies after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Commissioned two years ago, In-Q-Tel is charged with encouraging the creation of technologies to help meet future information technology needs at the CIA and...

White House official outlines cybersecurity initiatives

January 25, 2002 A key White House official on Friday outlined the Bush administration's strategy for protecting the national critical infrastructure, including expanding partnerships with the private sector and encouraging information sharing among companies to avoid cyberattacks. Paul Kurtz, director of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the White House, told attendees at a conference...

House Immigration caucus pushes border-security bill

December 20, 2001 Seizing on immigration breaches that contributed to the September terrorist attacks, members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus on Thursday touted new legislation crafted to consolidate the management and enforcement of U.S. border security. Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, chairman of the caucus, unveiled the draft measure Wednesday. It seeks to...

Key chairmen tout technology's role in border security

December 5, 2001 Top lawmakers on Wednesday cited information sharing and the need for modern technology systems as keys to securing America's borders and reforming immigration policies to help prevent terrorist attacks. Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., outlined their...

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