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Some Homeland Security activities remain unfunded

November 10, 2003 Despite President Bush's approval of the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Department spending bill, more than 25 percent of federal homeland security activities remain unfunded, a top Senate budget expert said Monday. Six weeks into fiscal year 2004, Congress has passed four of 13 departmental appropriations bills. The Homeland Security appropriations...

Official outlines Homeland Security Department computer needs

November 4, 2003 The Homeland Security Department continues to need help with internal computer systems and security, as well as with billion-dollar national technology initiatives along the border and elsewhere, a senior department official said on Tuesday. "We're moving generally into departmental-wide initiatives now," Scott Hastings, chief information officer for Homeland Security's Bureau...

Export agency shifts focus to regulatory changes

October 20, 2003 In the absence of any progress on Capitol Hill, the Commerce Department agency responsible for controls of sensitive exports has turned its focus to administrative measures to accomplish its goals, the agency's top official said on Monday. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has been a leader in the...

House to vote on renewing defense production rules

October 15, 2003 The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill to allow the federal government to assume industry production capabilities for defense purposes. The so-called Defense Production Reauthorization Act, which dates back to 1950, allows the government to bypass military procurement procedure for emergency purposes. The act expired Oct. 1,...

Key House chairman backs secret anti-terrorism center

October 8, 2003 The chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday said he backs the creation of an anti-terrorism center beyond the reach of public scrutiny. "There are certain dark secrets we have to protect," Harold Rogers, R-Ky., told a homeland security conference sponsored by Equity International. The Terrorist Threat...

First Homeland Security budget signed amid questions

October 1, 2003 President Bush on Wednesday signed the first-ever appropriations bill for the Homeland Security Department after criticism that it shortchanges states, localities and industry. The appropriation for fiscal 2004 is $29.4 billion and includes various technology-related provisions. The total is $535.8 million, or 1.8 percent, more than enacted for the same...

Data-mining advisory group at Defense may continue work

September 30, 2003 The independent advisory committee established to examine privacy concerns with the development of data-analysis technologies at the Defense Department is leaning toward recommending that it be made permanent, as suggestions mount that such research be continued. But details of the committee's composition remain to be worked out, committee members said...

Agency turf battles persist in counterterrorism race

September 29, 2003 Senior government officials on Monday sought to detail efforts in the race to develop new counterterrorism technologies. But in their testimony before a House subcommittee, the officials revealed that efforts to develop the technologies remain complicated by the creation of the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security was designed with a...

Tech officials give mixed views on industry prospects

September 26, 2003 Prospects for technology policy in the coming months range widely, according to recent interviews with several industry observers and executives. James Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, offered a gloomy forecast. "My prediction is 'slow ahead,'" Lewis said. He said the...

Congress funds Defense, kills Terrorism Information Awareness

September 25, 2003 Congress on Thursday completed the fiscal 2004 Defense Department appropriations bill that permanently kills a far-reaching technology research program that set off a furor over rights to citizens' personal information. "Total Information Awareness [TIA] is no more," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a key player in blocking the program. "The...

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