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Panel plans to tweak Homeland Security Department Act

March 28, 2003 The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee plans to move quickly on legislation he introduced Tuesday that would make changes to the act creating the Homeland Security Department, saying at a hearing on Friday that the bill consists of "a series of technical amendments that are non-controversial." Chairman Christopher...

Homeland nominee praised at confirmation hearing

January 24, 2003 Gordon England, nominated to be deputy secretary of the new Homeland Security Department, got strong reviews during a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Friday with all lawmakers in attendance expressing confidence in his selection. Senators were equally enthusiastic in urging England to ensure a balance between civil rights and privacy...

Bush science advisers contemplate technology transfer

December 12, 2002 Determining just how effective the federal government is in translating its new discoveries into private-sector successes can be difficult because it is so hard to measure, but the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) wants to sort it out so it can craft a list of "best...

Officials worried about ability to inform public of terrorism

November 6, 2002 The preparation for another terrorist attack or other wide-scale disaster should include having a plan to ensure that the public has the information it needs to make life-and-death decisions and that the information is disseminated should networks go down, members of an FCC panel said Wednesday, but thus far the...

Union, activists urge GSA to suspend WorldCom

October 30, 2002 A group of union representatives and other activist groups took a stand Wednesday that WorldCom "should no longer benefit from the privilege of contracting with the federal government" because of the accounting problems that led to misstated earnings and the telecommunications company's bankruptcy. The groups, called on the General Services...

Government not at odds with entrepreneurs, report says

October 3, 2002 Conventional wisdom often says the business community will thrive absent government intervention, but a report released Thursday tries to debunk that wisdom. The National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE) analysis finds a direct link between economic growth and public policy. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., praised the report, saying that he hopes...

Spending bills include multiple tech provisions

September 20, 2002 The federal government's emphasis on homeland security has prompted appropriators to write numerous security-related provisions into the proposed fiscal 2003 spending bills, and some of the funding proposals involve technology. The fate of those ideas, however, remains unclear, as the start of the new fiscal year approaches and the appropriations...

Politicking delays FCC nomination again

September 16, 2002 The nomination of Jonathan Adelstein to fill the open slot on the Federal Communications Commission once again has been waylaid by ire over the Democrats' defeat of a judicial nominee, making it is unlikely the FCC nominee will get a vote on the Senate floor until close to adjournment, if...

Lawmaker outlines priorities for homeland security legislation

August 26, 2002 ASPEN, Colo. -- There are a number of provisions, such as indemnifying firms that do business with the federal government, that Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., wants to see the Senate include in its bill to create a Homeland Security Department. If the Senate does not address these provisions, Davis plans...

Democrats spar with Ashcroft over agency information sharing

July 25, 2002 As the nation's attorney general came before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to extol the benefits of information sharing among federal agencies, Senate Democrats cautioned that the information could be mishandled and harm American citizens. America's ability to protect itself "has been undermined significantly by restrictions to limit the...