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FCC bureau seeks to manage globally

May 2, 2003 Telecommunications issues make life hard for policy makers because technology keeps changing-rapidly-and because the public's needs keep growing in both number and diversity. Witness the past year's fight over the Tauzin-Dingell bill to provide high-speed Internet access. Magnify those complexities globally, and you have a typical day at the Federal...

House chairman plans overhaul of Homeland Security Act

May 2, 2003 House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox on Friday said he plans to offer a bill by summer's end that would make substantive revisions in the law that created the Homeland Security Department. "We're going to do a bill before the end of the summer that is non-technical, that is...

Senators grill Ridge about Homeland Security budget

April 30, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday defending his department's expenditures or, in some cases, lack of expenditures. Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Ridge faced a full array of questions about specific programs. In his testimony, Ridge called for national standards for...

Homeland security funds may shrink in 2004, key aide says

April 28, 2003 The top Senate aide for appropriations on Monday said federal funding for homeland security activities may be lower in fiscal 2004 than they are in the current year since Congress passed an emergency supplemental that boosted homeland security funding. Spending for homeland security has "spiked" in fiscal 2003, said Bill...

Homeland tech chief to specify areas for more research

April 22, 2003 The official in charge of science and technology at the Homeland Security Department has joined the State and Defense departments in an effort that will lead to an upcoming announcement on as many as 40 homeland security "areas of interest," such as radiation and biological detectors. Industry, universities and others...

Science agency seeks place at 'cutting edge' of data mining

April 18, 2003 The National Science Foundation funds research "right at the cutting edge of discovery," Director Rita Colwell said in a recent interview. So it is only fitting that the foundation announced on Friday that it is funding eight projects that go beyond the technologies currently being developed to mine large amounts...

Transportation official seeks business advice on security

April 17, 2003 The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Thursday called on businesses to help develop a national security plan for transportation systems. "This is an all-hands evolution," TSA Administrator James Loy told a conference on network-centric operations. "We are sort of in this together." The plan will be a...

Homeland Security seeks comment on information-sharing plan

April 16, 2003 The Homeland Security Department is seeking comment on proposed rules for sharing with the government confidential information on threats to the nation's critical infrastructure without risk of that information later being publicly disclosed. The proposed rules, published in Tuesday's Federal Register, detail the procedures for submitting information to help the...

House chair takes on critics of Iraq reconstruction contracts

April 14, 2003 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is challenging the suggestion that more transparency is needed in picking contractors for the postwar reconstruction effort in Iraq. "America stands for fairness," said Hunter in an interview late last week with National Journal's Technology Daily. It would be an "insult," he...

Former, current Bush officials battle on cybersecurity

April 8, 2003 The Bush administration's top information technology official and its former cybersecurity czar locked horns Tuesday over the need for dedicated senior officials for cybersecurity. "I would ask, 'Who is the highest person who does nothing but cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security, and in the [White House] Office of...