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Interior chief names 'recovery czar'

March 9, 2009 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week welcomed yet another "czar" to the Obama administration. As the "recovery czar" for the Interior Department, Chris Henderson will oversee more than $3 billion the department plans to invest in communities, parks, and public lands. Henderson, who has been named senior adviser to the...

Former DHS official touts emergency-response network

September 28, 2007 Former Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson is putting his political weight behind an information-sharing network that is being tested for emergency-response coordination. During a National Press Club briefing held Friday by the Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association to tout the network, current association Chairman Hutchinson said his experience in government...

Lawmakers want tech updates at State Department

August 23, 2007 The roughly $243 million in expedited passport fees expected to become available in fiscal 2008 should be used to support investments in information technologies and infrastructure at the State Department, according to the House Appropriations Committee. The committee report on the foreign aid spending bill, H.R. 2764, cited that figure...

Administration announces border, immigration initiatives

August 10, 2007 The Bush administration said Friday it will begin a rulemaking process to require all federal contractors and vendors to use a federal electronic employment verification system known as E-Verify to help crack down on illegal immigration. The administration said this move will "significantly expand use of E-Verify, and make it...

EPA cites area where agencies can take lead on energy efficiency

August 6, 2007 The federal government can lead the way in improving the energy-efficiency of data centers by changing the way it designs and operates its own facilities, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency to Congress released Friday. "The government should commit to: publicly reporting the energy performance of its...

SEC's suspension of anti-terrorism Web tool praised

July 23, 2007 The top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee is pleased by the Friday announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission will temporarily suspend the availability of a controversial Web tool that tracks corporations with investments in countries considered by the United States to sponsor terrorism. "Retooling this Web site...

Homeland Security data-sharing systems criticized

May 10, 2007 The U.S. homeland security information-sharing structure was criticized Thursday by witnesses at a House subcommittee hearing -- with the failure to integrate existing communications systems being singled out as a major culprit. Testimony before the Homeland Security Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee primarily focused on the Regional...

Government to test Internet routing in space

April 20, 2007 The U.S. government is moving forward with a project to test Internet routing in space. Companies will work on a Defense Department plan to determine the feasibility of conducting military communications through an Internet router located there. Last week, Intelsat General, a subsidiary of the commercial satellite company Intelsat, announced...

Senate rejects GOP changes to anti-terrorism bill

March 13, 2007 The Senate on Tuesday defeated two Republican-backed amendments to a homeland security bill, passing the legislation late in the afternoon. The bill aims to implement unfulfilled recommendations of the commission that investigated the 2001 terrorist attacks. Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted to table two amendments from Sen. Tom...

Lawmaker unhappy with Homeland Security research agency

March 8, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's research and development program is making progress but is still in need of improvement, a key lawmaker on the House Science and Technology Committee said Thursday. During a budget hearing before the Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, the panel's chairman, David Wu, D-Ore., said lawmakers are "familiar...

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