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Homeland Security science chief defends fiscal 2005 budget

February 25, 2004 Charles McQueary, head of the Homeland Security Department's science and technology directorate, testified Wednesday about the president's fiscal 2005 budget request. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research and Development, McQueary defended the administration's budget choices such as directing the most funding in his directorate...

Senators press Ridge on privacy, first responders

February 25, 2004 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Wednesday faced tough questions on issues surrounding privacy and technology, as well as funding for "first responders" to emergencies and the status of departmental programs. "The public and certainly Congress is in the dark when it comes to data mining" being done by the...

Senator demands action on TSA data-sharing flap

February 23, 2004 A key senator on Monday said further action may be needed to rectify the unauthorized sharing of American citizens' personal information following the admission by the Homeland Security Department that it covered up its role in the transfer of airline passengers' data without their knowledge. "I obviously expect action to...

New technology drives changes in border policy

February 18, 2004 The infrastructure at border crossings and other points of entry to the United States will look completely different in the next few years, driven in part by new technologies, a senior Homeland Security Department official said on Wednesday. "We're halfway through restructuring our border policy," said Stewart Verdery, assistant secretary...

NIST director expected to head up National Science Foundation

February 10, 2004 The low-key head of the federal government's elite standards and technology body appears to be on his way to head the National Science Foundation (NSF), at least on an interim basis, science community sources said on Tuesday. Arden Bement, director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology,...

House panel debates Homeland Security's privacy policy

February 10, 2004 The Homeland Security Department's privacy officer on Tuesday told a House subcommittee about her performance even as the surrounding witnesses offered praise and found fault. During a hearing before the Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, Nuala O'Connor Kelly told lawmakers that there is "no more compelling public policy issue"...

Demand grows for government-only computer network

January 29, 2004 They said it could not, and should not, be done. A call made after Sept. 11, 2001, for a closed government intranet, impenetrable to outside cyber attacks, withered after experts balked at the potential cost and said it would not include key non-federal players in the event of an attack....

Computer firm helps military share its 'trusted' data

January 23, 2004 The security of information that the Defense Department uses internally and in battle is a growing issue that technology firms are trying to address. The nation's military strength could depend on how much information can be shared among the armed services and with fighters in the field, and how secure...

Defense transformation czar touts progress

January 23, 2004 The official tasked with the visionary aspects of transforming the military into a network-based environment said Friday he was surprised to find the transformation going quite well among the lower ranks. "A funny thing happened on the way to transformation," said retired Adm. Arthur Cebrowski, director of the Defense Department...

Homeland data mining efforts will differ from Pentagon's

January 6, 2004 The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is researching ways to mine large amounts of data, but its work will differ from that of a Defense Department agency that had one project killed because of privacy concerns, according to HSARPA's director. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) made...

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