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Homeland Security science division will also tackle cybersecurity

December 4, 2003 The Homeland Security Department's science and technology directorate will play an important supporting role in efforts to secure the nation's computer infrastructure from attack, top officials with the directorate or broader department said on Monday. In interviews with reporters from National Journal's Technology Daily, the senior officials emphasized that while...

NSF unveils new cybersecurity research initiative

December 3, 2003 The National Science Foundation (NSF) on Wednesday announced a new program stemming in part from a mandate in a law on cybersecurity research and development that charges the agency with promoting computer-security research. "NSF's cybersecurity mission primarily is to ensure the health of research enterprises at American universities," said Carl...

Lawmakers revive fight to get research reports online

November 24, 2003 Much-coveted Congressional Research Service reports are no longer available on select House members' Web sites because a test program to provide the reports expired in September, but lawmakers who favor public access to the reports are pushing to change the rules. On Friday, Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Jay Inslee,...

Federal technology spending expected to grow 4 percent a year

November 19, 2003 Information technology spending by the federal government will continue to rise over the next five years, according to the 15th annual forecast released Tuesday by the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA). The group predicts that the total federal IT budget for fiscal 2004 will be $59.3 billion, with...

Homeland Security reaches out for small-business contracts

November 14, 2003 The Homeland Security Department's science and technology division on Friday announced a program to fund security innovations by small businesses. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is limited to U.S. companies with 500 or fewer employees, and the grants will provide $100,000 for six months of research into the...

White House vows to step up progress on e-gov efforts

October 16, 2003 Two White House Office of Management and Budget officials briefed reporters Wednesday on the status of OMB's e-government initiatives and hinted at future plans, stating that whether or not Congress centrally funds e-government, the initiatives are moving forward. The press conference featuring OMB Deputy Director Clay Johnson and e-government administrator...

Ridge pushes public-private technology partnerships

October 9, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Thursday that continued federal investments in security technology and government partnerships with the technology industry, if done correctly, will mean more freedom and collateral benefits for Americans, not less. "Homeland security is about building bridges to one another as we build barriers to...

Executive at Internet security firm likely nominee for cyber chief

September 11, 2003 Amit Yoran, vice president of managed security services operations at Internet security firm Symantec, is the likely nominee to become the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity director, sources told National Journal's Technology Daily. His nomination is expected pending completion of background and security clearances. Yoran was not immediately available for comment....

Senate panel seeks to move funds for e-archives to Amtrak

September 10, 2003 Responding to a critical government report and a shortfall in Amtrak funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to defer for one year the $35.9 million requested for an electronic record-keeping project of the National Archives and Records Administration and instead divert the funds to Amtrak. According to a Senate...

Lawmaker calls for 'sound business' at Homeland Security

September 10, 2003 The Homeland Security Department must improve its accounting practices to spend less money on overhead and more on protecting America, a House Government Reform subcommittee chairman said at an oversight hearing on Wednesday. "Improving our nation's security is essentially a test of the management and leadership abilities of the federal,...

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