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Defense panels to address technology issues

January 26, 2007 New faces and priorities have reshaped the personalities of the Armed Services panels in both chambers of Congress. As debate heats up this session over the Iraq war and the global fight against terrorism, observers will be watching closely to see how action in both committees affects the technology sector....

Activist: DHS considering outsourcing work for ID law

January 11, 2007 The Homeland Security Department plans to outsource to a private firm the implementation of a federal law mandating nationwide standards for identification cards, according to a privacy activist who claims to have obtained portions of draft regulations circulated last week. Homeland Security sent to the White House Office of Management...

Panelists spar over national, mandatory ID cards

December 14, 2006 Policy watchers and technology industry members on Thursday sparred over the implementation of federally mandated standards for identification cards and driver's licenses. At a roundtable discussion hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus, a panel of technology experts traded barbs over the REAL ID Act, a 2005 law that requires states...

Panelists: Combating data theft is not complicated

November 15, 2006 Data thieves are making life increasingly more difficult for the government and the private sector, but solutions to some of the most common data security problems are not necessarily complicated, a panel of experts said Wednesday. Darryl Lemecha, the chief information officer at the data brokerage ChoicePoint, said during a...

Democrats may give voting machines more scrutiny

November 14, 2006 Concerns about the security of e-voting systems might be given more airtime in Congress in the wake of last week's election, which vaulted Democrats into control. Voting-rights activists are hopeful that the newly elected Democratic Congress will be more inclined to examine e-voting security issues, especially in light of glitches...

E-voting glitches give election watchers pause

November 7, 2006 Few catastrophic breakdowns of e-voting equipment were reported during the initial hours of voting Tuesday, but civil liberties advocates said that glitches reported in some states suggested systemic problems in the nation's election systems. According to a report released this fall by Election Data Services, more than a third of...

Officials discuss policy, politics of health IT

September 26, 2006 The American health industry is slowly embracing behavioral changes and the deployment of technologies that will help make it more efficient and competitive, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Tuesday. At a health information technology summit, Leavitt said an executive order issued by President Bush last month to...

Public-safety officials urged to embrace innovation

September 26, 2006 Public-safety officials at all levels of government must embrace innovative solutions for emergency communications systems capable of functioning across jurisdictions, according to a report released Tuesday. The study by the Aspen Institute found that the American safety community needs to abandon specialized systems and equipment, and adopt new strategies that...

Auditor blasts California's emergency management work

September 14, 2006 The inability of local officials in California to efficiently manage federal grant funding has made the state less secure, according to an audit released Tuesday. A report issued by state Auditor Elaine Howle found that the state has been slow in spending the $1.3 billion in federal grants it has...

Firms launch security card coalition

August 16, 2006 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of firms that make identification cards and computer chips on Wednesday announced a new industry coalition to educate lawmakers on secure card technologies. The Secure ID Coalition, which is comprised of Gemalto, Ifineon Technologies, Oberthur Card Systems, Royal Phillips Electronics and Texas Instruments, is aiming...

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