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Budget cuts curtail NIST cybersecurity work, other programs

February 13, 2004 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will have to curtail its work on cybersecurity, terminate all its work with a law designed to improve the elections process and go to month-to-month funding for manufacturing programs because of its $22 million budget cut in fiscal 2004, according to the...

Lawmakers want full assessment of terrorism risks

February 12, 2004 Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee are most concerned that the Homeland Security Department has yet to create a full risk assessment of potential terrorism, complaining that the government cannot properly target its resources if no one knows what is at greatest risk. At a hearing Thursday, Committee Chairman...

Across the Spectrum

January 20, 2004 The Bush administration's telecommunications policy director brings an almost infectious enthusiasm to his job. In an interview, he gushes over the latest technology and the newest gadgets he saw recently at the nation's largest consumer electronics show. "It is an honor to be doing this job," says Michael Gallagher, acting...

User-fee structure may jeopardize Patent Office improvements

December 8, 2003 The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) implemented many of the improvements envisioned in its strategic plan by making spending cuts, one of the office's top officers said on Monday, but without congressional approval of legislation to raise fees the progress is in jeopardy. Thanks to spending cuts, PTO hired 300...

Science agency set for budget boost

December 4, 2003 The fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill awaiting action by lawmakers would boost funding for the National Science Foundation. Lawmakers also restored part of the funding for the Commerce Department's Technology Administration that the House and Senate Appropriations committees had voted to strip. The House is expected to vote on the...

Think tank debate focuses on counterterrorism tools

October 21, 2003 Information technology can be used to help fight terrorism because it places huge amounts of searching information at the fingertips of law enforcement, but the creation of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) and a Sept. 16 presidential directive has some people concerned about the impact that such initiatives may...

Officials voice concern about threats to key facilities

September 4, 2003 Last month's blackout in parts of the United States and Canada proved that the nation's critical infrastructures are interdependent, but just how connected they are and what ripple effects could occur after wide-scale damage to any one of them is uncertain, panelists told a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Thursday....

Commerce issues plan to reorganize technology agencies

July 17, 2003 The Commerce Department on Thursday proposed legislation that would reorganize the department's technology and telecommunications policy functions. The proposal would consolidate the Technology Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the e-commerce policy functions of the International Trade Administration. The plan requests slightly more...

Senate Commerce Committee backs spectrum trust fund

June 26, 2003 The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would create a trust fund to reimburse government spectrum users who are reallocated to new spectrum to make way for commercial services. The panel also approved an amendment, over the objections of President Bush and the committee chairman, that would benefit...

Industry wary of spectrum reform

June 20, 2003 The government often is accused of being slow to adapt to new situations, but the self-interests of industry cannot be underestimated in explaining the slower progress toward and adoption of new spectrum policies and technologies, panelists said Friday at a New America Foundation forum. Current policy assigns certain bands of...

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