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Weak coordination hampers efforts on medical databases

May 19, 2004 Efforts by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to create a medical database that works across their jurisdictions have been hampered by weak interagency coordination and the lack of a broad vision for the health network, an expert said Wednesday. Valerie Melvin, the assistant director of information management issues at...

Officials announce plan to share terrorism intelligence

May 14, 2004 Attorney General John Ashcroft on Friday unveiled an initiative to foster greater information sharing among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. "No single government agency, or government, can win the war on terrorism," Ashcroft said. FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Department Undersecretary Frank Libutti attended the announcement....

FBI's new CIO details plans for upcoming projects

May 7, 2004 The information technology capabilities of all FBI agents is "100 percent better than it was three years ago" with last month's completion of an FBI network modernization project, and greater capabilities projected to be operational later this year, said the FBI's new chief information officer. Zalmai Azmi, who took over...

Contractor finally delivers upgraded FBI computer system

May 3, 2004 Despite delays in meeting an accelerated schedule for a state-of-the-art computer network for the FBI, systems integrator Computer Sciences Corp. announced final delivery of the Trilogy computer system last week. "We hit a few bumps on this one, but ended it on a high note," Paul Cofoni, president of CSC's...

IRS contractor pledges to meet revised modernization schedule

April 21, 2004 New computer systems for the Internal Revenue Service are on track and will be completed on their revised schedule, according to the president of the leading contractor on the project. Lawmakers have become increasingly impatient with delays and cost overruns surrounding the Customer Account Data Engine, a multi-year effort to...

Pentagon official says nanotechnology a high priority

April 19, 2004 The U.S. military expects advances in nanotechnology to impact every major weapons system and is spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually on various research programs, a senior military science adviser said Thursday at a meeting of nanotechnology specialists. "Nanotechnology is one of the highest priority science and technology programs...

Homeland Security science directorate may get budget boost

April 14, 2004 The Homeland Security Department's science and technology branch is looking to expand its mandate to fund long-term security research and emphasize short-term security technologies. Simon Szykman, the director of cybersecurity research and development at the department, told members of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee on Tuesday that "priorities are...

Homeland Security official urges prudent cyber approach

April 13, 2004 The private sector is making progress in securing computer vulnerabilities against attacks and disruptions, and while there are significant areas of concern, it is important not to overreact, the Homeland Security Department's chief cyber-security adviser said Tuesday. In comments to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, Amit Yoran called for...

Government, firms unveil cybersecurity framework

April 12, 2004 A partnership between the Homeland Security Department and the information technology industry unveiled a framework for security governance on Monday, calling computer and information security a new fiduciary responsibility of chief executives. The report, "Information Security Governance: A Call to Action," was drafted by the corporate governance task force formed...

Ridge: Priorities include data sharing, cybersecurity

March 31, 2004 The Homeland Security Department's priorities for the following year will include expanded information sharing, greater infrastructure protection, improvements in cross-jurisdictional communication and the deployment of "new technologies and new tools," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday. Ridge told a meeting of the Homeland Security Advisory Council that developing advanced...

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