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Former senators offer harsh assessment of nation's security

June 3, 2004 The next terrorist attack is coming and the United States is far from prepared, two former senators who are experts in the homeland security movement, said Thursday. "Myself, my hair is on fire," said former Sen. Gary Hart, borrowing a phrase recently popularized by former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard...

Top administration cybersecurity officials face scrutiny

June 2, 2004 The Bush administration's top cybersecurity officials on Wednesday faced scrutiny from a House subcommittee on the continued lag in protecting the federal computer networks. "I am still concerned that we are collectively not moving fast enough to protect the American people and the U.S. economy from very real threats exist...

Former cybersecurity chief opposes new regulations

May 24, 2004 Richard Clarke, former White House cybersecurity chief, is the first to admit that more than a year after that office completed a national cybersecurity strategy, attacks via the Internet are still on the rise. But that is not the fault of the strategy, and does not mean that more government...

Ex-cybersecurity czar blasts Bush's efforts

May 17, 2004 Richard Clarke became a national celebrity in recent months for his criticisms of the Bush administration's handling of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Now the former White House official is extending that criticism to the administration's handling of cybersecurity. Clarke, who moved in spring 2001 from his job as White House...

Officials address business hurdles to security contracting

May 11, 2004 A series of government experts on Tuesday addressed problems and opportunities facing businesses that provide security technologies to the government for domestic and overseas anti-terrorism activities. Those issues include liability for technologies that fail to prevent attacks, intellectual property protection, the sharing of confidential company information with the government, information...

Homeland Security official details distribution of security funds

May 11, 2004 Most of the Homeland Security Department's spending is focused on protecting borders and transportation systems, and it targets immediate needs, experts said Tuesday. The top 10 department contractors in 2003 received 42 percent of all departmental spending, said Gregory Rothwell, the chief procurement officer at Homeland Security. Only six contractors...

U.S., Europe seek to cooperate on transportation security

April 26, 2004 Senior officials from the United States and Europe on Monday launched an initiative to increase cooperation on security and law enforcement matters in an effort to better stop terrorist threats. Asa Hutchinson, Homeland Security undersecretary for border and transportation security, met on Monday in Brussels, Belgium, with Jonathan Faull, European...

Digital certification could affect thousands of Defense contractors

April 1, 2004 A new Defense Department mandate for digital certification taking effect Thursday could prevent thousands of defense contractors from working with the department until they comply. The program requires the provision of digital certificates to improve the security of transactions between Defense and its contractors. But according to one provider of...

House lawmakers blast security department's science chief

March 30, 2004 One year after creation of the Homeland Security Department, patience for the department's science and technology directorate appears to have run out on Capitol Hill. Directorate chief Charles McQueary faced brusque treatment at the hands of appropriators Tuesday. "I think you can sense the level of frustration in your funding...

Homeland Security to review local grant rules

March 12, 2004 Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson agreed Thursday to a congressional request to review minimum requirements that are attached to federal grants to local "first responders" to emergencies. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Hutchinson, who heads border and transportation security at the Homeland Security Department, also said that...

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