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More R&D spending proposed, earmarks criticized

February 6, 2006 The Bush administration on Monday requested $137.2 billion for research and development in fiscal 2007 while decrying budget earmarks for specific projects in lawmakers' states. The R&D figure represents a $3.4 billion increase, or 2.6 percent, over fiscal 2006. Within that, the request for basic research is $28.2 billion -- ...

Administration releases details on competitiveness initiative

February 3, 2006 Details released Thursday provide a clearer picture of the competitiveness initiative President Bush introduced during his 2006 State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Under the plan, which seeks to double federal spending on physical sciences research and development over 10 years, the Energy Department will request $4.1 billion for ...

Cyber crime is growing more professional, officials say

January 24, 2006 Leading industry and government officials Tuesday agreed that cyber criminals are now more professional and primarily focused on stealing money. The change in hacker motivation -- from seeking fame to seeking fortune -- occurred in 2004 and 2005, said Art Wong, vice president for Symantec, at a roundtable discussion on ...

New biometrics group focuses on frequent fliers

January 9, 2006 A new coalition of biometric and access-control companies launched Monday to advise the government on large public-credentialing programs such as the Registered Traveler system of the Transportation Security Administration. The group, called the Voluntary Credentialing Industry Coalition, will be led by Wexler & Walker Vice Chairman Tom Blank. Its members ...

Research funds headed for small, but noticeable, cuts

December 20, 2005 Federal research and development funding appears likely to survive relatively intact for fiscal 2006, following a bruising budget rescission process. Last weekend, Congress agreed to a 1 percent "haircut" across all government programs to pay for deficit reduction and costs associated with rebuilding the Gulf Coast region after the summer's ...

Science, tech programs fare well in 2006 spending bill

November 8, 2005 The National Science Foundation and key government technology programs fared relatively well under a fiscal 2006 spending bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments. House and Senate negotiators agreed to a final version of the bill last week. NSF, which funds the majority of university-based basic research, would receive ...

Systems cannot combat flu pandemic, health officials say

October 12, 2005 The American health care system does not have the information infrastructure needed to effectively combat a flu pandemic, leading health experts said Wednesday. The heart of the problem is not tracking influenza but getting critical information on outbreaks to doctors and local emergency responders and then back to crisis planners, ...

Report: Patent office should become federal corporation

August 24, 2005 The Patent and Trademark Office should become a government corporation headed by a CEO with strong business experience, according to a yet-to-be-released report from the National Academy of Public Administration. In a report summary obtained by National Journal's Technology Daily, NAPA recommends incorporating PTO as the best way to improve ...

Legislation to elevate cybersecurity post may die in Senate

July 7, 2005 Legislation that would promote cybersecurity efforts within the Homeland Security Department could wither on the vine again this year, despite agreement among lawmakers, the private sector and government officials that the department must do more to prevent cyber attacks. The House in May overwhelmingly approved a measure, H.R. 1817, to ...

Homeland Security doles out research money

March 2, 2005 Homeland Security officials said Wednesday they are continuing to build technological capabilities to protect the country. Undersecretary for Science and Technology Charles McQueary told attendees at the 2005 Homeland and Global Security Summit that many systems have been procured -- including sensors -- but they still do not produce information ...