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Innovations give candidates new avenues to voters

August 15, 2006 Political candidates this year have a lot of brand new toys at their disposal to help reach voters. Campaigns have put candidate profiles on online social networks like Facebook and MySpace. They have uploaded videos to file-sharing sites such as YouTube to broadcast their platforms and, in some cases, for...

DHS official emphasizes importance of interoperable communications

August 14, 2006 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The development of communications systems capable of functioning across jurisdictions is a critical component of emergency preparedness, a senior Homeland Security Department official told a group of state lawmakers here on Monday. But the deployment of such interoperable communications systems will require funding and coordination among state...

Federal officials urge immediate preparation for pandemic

July 25, 2006 Private businesses need to begin preparing immediately for deadly pandemics and other potential disasters, a Homeland Security Department official said Tuesday. In a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Homeland Security Senior Public Health Adviser Lynn Slepski said private firms need to examine how various technological solutions...

Democratic senators criticize administration's cybersecurity efforts

July 13, 2006 Senate Democrats on Thursday assailed the Bush administration over its failure to fill a Cabinet-level post it created last July within the Homeland Security Department for a cyber security czar. In the wake of several high-profile data breaches at government agencies this year, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy...

Political climate unfriendly to ID devices, backers say

April 20, 2006 Widespread misinformation about radio-frequency identification technology and high-tech identification cards has subverted federal and state legislation to modernize America's ID systems, a panel of industry officials and experts said Wednesday. At the Smart Cards in Government Conference, advocates for RFID and tech-based "smart cards" said mandates to use modern technologies...

Industry officials discuss plans for meeting federal ID standards

April 19, 2006 Security and technology experts on Wednesday discussed strategies that private manufacturers can implement to meet federal standards for government identification cards and security systems. At the Smart Cards in Government Conference, industry officials said they are content with federal regulations for IDs and are optimistic of their ability to meet...

Religious groups join fight against national IDs

April 17, 2006 Critics of federal legislation to establish nationwide identification standards are tapping into religious groups to galvanize resistance to the statute. The authors of a New Hampshire bill to make the Granite State the first to reject the so-called REAL ID Act have cited financial and constitutional concerns about its implementation....

New Hampshire may buck feds over national IDs

April 13, 2006 New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a proposal to reject a federal mandate for national identification standards. The state House last month passed a measure, H.B. 1582, to refuse participation in a program created under a 2005 law that requires state-issued IDs to meet national standards by 2008. The New Hampshire...

Mandatory employment verification seen as privacy threat

April 12, 2006 Privacy advocates are wary of provisions in federal immigration proposals to mandate an electronic system for employment verification. A House-passed measure, H.R. 4437, would require all employers to participate in a test program that has been online since 1996. The system lets employers screen the personal information of job applicants...

FBI awards contract for technology upgrade

March 16, 2006 The FBI on Thursday awarded a $305 million contract to Lockheed Martin to modernize the bureau's information technology infrastructure. Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., has been tasked with managing the FBI's Sentinel project, an initiative to move the bureau away from its paper-based, case-focused system and build a comprehensive electronic...

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