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Lengthy homeland security spending fight looms in Senate

June 18, 2003 The House is expected to debate homeland security funding on the floor as early as next week, but the fight over how much money to allocate for such initiatives in fiscal 2004 probably will continue until the budget crunch time of September, a top Senate budget aide said on Wednesday....

Border agency merger already paying dividends, official says

June 18, 2003 The merger of four federal border agencies into the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has already tightened security along the U.S. border, an official guiding the reorganization said Wednesday. Andrew Maner, chief of staff and director of the transition management office at the new agency, said the border...

Former officials assess security needs on cyber front

June 11, 2003 A panel of former government experts in cybersecurity on Wednesday assessed the need to address that issue. At a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference, Ronald Dick, director of strategic initiatives on information assurance at Computer Sciences Corp., identified several drivers to improving cyber security and protecting critical infrastructures....

Panel presses Ridge on cybersecurity, information analysis

May 22, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Wednesday was peppered with questions from some members of the House Homeland Security Committee seeking information on getting more federal money to their districts. But several lawmakers also pressed Ridge on cybersecurity plans and the department's relationship with the new Terrorist Threat Information Center...

Decision on homeland security centers draws interest on Hill

May 21, 2003 Members of Congress have not failed to see the opportunities inherent for their districts in the mandate the Homeland Security Department has to create "centers of excellence" for security. The mandate in the law that created the department last year states that there must be at least one such center,...

Homeland Security to create regional offices

May 20, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Tuesday outlined a reorganization plan to create regional offices to handle information locally. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Ridge said the regional offices would channel the national message from Washington, not make their own policies, and would provide a "direct point of...

Defense, Homeland officials seek bids on security devices

May 16, 2003 Homeland Security and Defense department officials on a Friday panel discussed the development and acquisition of transportation security technologies. Jeffrey David, a deputy Defense director for anti-terrorism technology, announced that the Homeland Security Technical Support Working Group has issued a new call for ideas on explosives-detection equipment. The solicitation is...

White House defends importance of homeland cyber official

May 15, 2003 A senior White House official on Thursday sought to dispel weeks of industry criticism about the Bush administration's lack of a high-level official dedicated to cybersecurity. But he acknowledged that many questions remain. "What is clearly important is that [the person overseeing the new center] has the ability to bring...

Defense contractors slide into homeland security business

May 12, 2003 Large, traditional defense contractors have easily remade themselves to be homeland security providers since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. But none appear to have made drastic changes that would redefine their core businesses. "We didn't really reorganize the company for this," said Steve Carrier, vice president for business development and...

Officials weigh 'unique challenges' of information sharing

May 7, 2003 Officials from the Defense and Homeland Security departments on Wednesday described their ongoing efforts to achieve federal, state and local unity on data needed in the event of national disasters or terrorist attacks. "The flow of information is getting better, but we've got some unique challenges," said Col. Charles Lewis,...