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Defense bill would create tech center for 'first responders'

June 12, 2002 A House-passed bill to reauthorize Defense Department programs contains various technology provisions, including a proposal to create a center for the transfer of military technology to emergency "first responders." Pennsylvania Republican Curt Weldon, chairman of the House Armed Services Military Readiness Subcommittee, made the proposal. The House passed the authorization...

Senators chastise NSF over management practices

May 15, 2002 Citing a recent inspector general's report of mismanagement at the National Science Foundation, a key member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday threatened to cut funding for the agency if the problems are not corrected. "NSF has taken some important steps, such as developing a management and oversight plan,...

Defense research agency seeks return to 'swashbuckling' days

May 13, 2002 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-DARPA, originally ARPA-was created in 1958 as the U.S. response to the Soviet launching of the Sputnik satellite. The agency, which among other things developed the technologies leading to the commercialization of the Internet, works to create cutting-edge military technologies. DARPA Director Anthony Tether was...

Mushrooming homeland security budgets face Hill scrutiny

May 10, 2002 Months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress remains eager to give the Bush administration billions of extra dollars to make the nation more secure within its borders. But some members are beginning to wonder how it is being spent. Shortly after the attacks, Congress approved a $40 billion emergency...

Homeland security report will lack consensus, Ridge says

May 6, 2002 A report due to the president by mid-year on the status of homeland security likely will not have consensus, White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Monday. "I already told the president, 'Do not expect a consensus document,'" Ridge said at the Council of the Americas annual conference at...

Bipartisan group pushes for homeland security department

May 2, 2002 A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill to establish a Cabinet-level Department of National Homeland Security and a White House Office of Combating Terrorism, despite not having obtained White House backing for the idea. Within the department, an office of science and technology would...

House passes bill to create exchange of tech workers

April 10, 2002 The House overcame security concerns on Wednesday to pass a bill that would create an exchange of mid-level information technology executives between the public and private sectors. The House passed the bill on a voice vote. The "Digital Tech Corps Act," H.R. 3925, aims to bolster the federal government's understanding...

Procurement centers help small businesses sell to Uncle Sam

April 3, 2002 The prevailing opinion in Washington seems to be that small companies do not know how to capitalize on the government's call for new products to help fight terrorism. But through a national assistance program and some heavy leaning on the Internet, the government is making procurement easier for smaller firms....

Defense weighs digital signature switch to match other agencies

April 1, 2002 The Defense Department is considering a switch in its program to secure digital signatures for external transactions in order to align itself with the rest of the federal government. The department is examining whether it should adopt or at least recognize the Access Certificates for Electronic Services (ACES) public key...

Tech firms look for best places to pitch security products

April 1, 2002 The opportunities are flourishing for the information technology industry to help protect the United States from threats. But as thousands of American tech companies answer the government's call for new ideas in the fight against terrorism, how many are getting their message to the right place? Many in industry, and...

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