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Homeland Security research agency has lofty vision

January 6, 2004 The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is unfairly compared to the Defense Department's well-established, futuristic idea factory of a similar name but has hopes of ambitious achievements of its own someday, according to HSARPA's director. "HSARPA is a little bit of an unfortunate title for us because it ...

Pentagon failed to study privacy issues in data-mining effort, IG says

January 5, 2004 A December report by the Defense Department's independent watchdog on the now-defunct Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) data-mining project has begun the new year with a discussion of privacy issues. The report said the TIA technology once being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could have been valuable ...

White House officials say they took initiative on security directives

December 18, 2003 The presidential directives on critical infrastructure and emergency preparedness issued Wednesday were not in response to any congressional mandate despite falling two days after a deadline imposed by a key House committee, Bush administration officials said on Thursday. A Homeland Security Department spokesman said they were not in response to ...

Container initiative touted as incentive for secure ports

December 17, 2003 The Bush administration believes that its global port security initiative is a good motivator for insecure ports to improve, a senior Homeland Security Department official said on Wednesday. The U.S. Container Security Initiative requires that U.S.-bound containers of goods be tracked from their points of origin and includes the 20 ...

Bush signs new homeland security directives

December 17, 2003 President Bush on Wednesday signed landmark directives establishing new policies on assessing the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and the nation's preparedness to respond to a terrorist attack. "These are foundational documents for our homeland security strategy," said a senior administration official during a conference call. The first directive requires federal ...

Officials: Technology can help identify terrorism financing

December 15, 2003 Federal officials in Miami on Monday detailed efforts to stop the illegal financing of terrorist networks and urged the use of technology in the process. "Just as criminals benefit from the enhancements in technology, so must the anti-terrorist financing community," said Lee Jeffrey Ross, a senior adviser at the Treasury ...

Science, tech funds for Homeland Security look flat for fiscal 2005

December 5, 2003 Funding for the Homeland Security Department science and technology directorate is likely to remain level in fiscal 2005, but directorate officials said they have elaborate plans for their first-ever separate budget request. "What we're doing, figuring that it's going to be roughly level-funded, is looking at how do we maximize ...

Nanotechnology bill called 'historic'

December 1, 2003 A bill passed by Congress in last week's rush to begin the holiday season could change the future of U.S. science as well as society, the measure's supporters said. The bill, S. 189, would authorize $3.7 billion over the next four years for federal nanotechnology programs and would re-organize the ...

Democrats issue criteria for integrating terrorist watch lists

November 21, 2003 Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee on Friday issued 10 criteria for the Bush administration to follow when it establishes a new center to unify all federal terrorist watch lists expected on Dec. 1. "We have had a great deal of concern about the failure after more than two ...

Defense bill elevates debate on tech security issues

November 11, 2003 The House-Senate compromise bill for authorizing Defense Department programs in fiscal 2004 contains provisions that have raised questions about software security requirements, as well as abuse of the right to keep intelligence information secret. One provision calls for the department to ensure that its recent emphasis on using commercial, off-the-shelf ...