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Federal officials say data sharing efforts are improving

February 28, 2007 The federal government has made tremendous progress in sharing information and embracing new technologies while remaining cognizant of privacy concerns and public accountability, officials said Wednesday at a conference on homeland security. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson said at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association conference that the...

Truckers must file e-summaries of cargo at borders

February 20, 2007 The Customs and Border Protection agency has moved forward with a plan to require all truckers entering the United States to file electronic summaries of cargo. As of Jan. 25, all truck carriers entering through Arizona, Washington and seven ports in North Dakota must file electronic manifests through the Automated...

Push for standard federal worker IDs faces challenges

February 8, 2007 The government appears to have a long way to go in meeting its deadline for issuing secure, cost-efficient identification cards to federal employees and contractors. By Oct. 27, 2008, all employees and contractors must have IDs that meet a new standard in order to access certain federal buildings. David Temoshok,...

Bush seeks billions of dollars for Army technology

February 5, 2007 Under the Bush administration's fiscal 2008 budget released Monday, the Defense Department would receive $3.7 billion for an Army modernization program that involves developing and integrating new technology systems into traditional warfare practices. The figure would mark a $300 million increase over the amount expected to be appropriated in fiscal...

Departments get serious about border technologies

January 26, 2007 The departments of State and Homeland Security have made significant progress toward improving border technologies, according to a summary of accomplishments the government said it made in the last year. In January 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced their strategic vision for securing...

White House eyes action on borders, electronic IDs

January 19, 2007 White House officials are hoping that legislation targeting immigration issues such as border enforcement and electronic identification cards will gain congressional approval this year. "We are very much looking to pass a bill in Congress" that is workable and can be implemented, Greg Jacob, special assistant to the president for...

U.S. officials tackle global communications issues

January 16, 2007 A top U.S. official said Tuesday that he supports recent comments on the future of Internet governance made by the new head of the International Telecommunication Union. David Gross, U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department, also called cyber security a key issue for the...

Democratic senators want agency data-mining reports

January 10, 2007 The government's mining of information from public- and private-sector databases for clues to terrorism and crime is widespread and federal agencies should regularly report to Congress on such activities, lawmakers said Wednesday. "The overwhelming majority of these data-mining programs use, collect, and analyze personal information about ordinary American citizens," Senate...

Tax season begins with policy changes, e-filing push

January 8, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service began the 2007 income-tax-filing season by encouraging all taxpayers to file their returns electronically. The agency also released guidance on how to cope with last-minute changes in tax policy in 2006 and information on federal excise-tax refunds. Currently taxpayers who wish to file electronically can do...

Experts discuss how blogs helped pass database bill

October 4, 2006 Those who hope to use the power of the Internet to engage the public in helping influence government action should consider choosing an issue that has bipartisan appeal and excites the public interest, Internet and media experts said Wednesday. They gathered at the Heritage Foundation to discuss how authors of...

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