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Scientists set to unveil anti-terrorism ideas in late June

May 29, 2002 The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council plan to publish a list of recommendations on how the Bush administration can best use the nation's scientific and technical resources to counter terrorist threats. Lewis Branscombe, co-chairman of the National Academies Committee on...

Microsoft strategist skeptical of governmentwide intranet

May 23, 2002 Microsoft's chief security strategist is skeptical of the value of GovNet, a government-wide intranet for which the Bush administration is seeking $5 million in funding in fiscal 2003. In an interview last week with reporters from National Journal's Technology Daily, Scott Charney, who is a former top cybercrime official in...

High-tech firms adjusting to the post-Sept. 11 world

May 13, 2002 High-tech companies have shifted their focus toward homeland security and government contracts, as they adjust to a new environment after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dozens of small information technology firms have hired lobbying companies in Washington to help them obtain contracts with government agencies, while larger firms either have...

Information-sharing bill on fast track in House

April 30, 2002 Rep. Jane Harman on Tuesday predicted that legislation to boost information sharing among federal agencies and state and local governments would be ready for House floor action within the next several weeks. The bill, H.R. 4598, would direct federal intelligence agencies such as the FBI and CIA to share information...

Commerce chief of staff balances dual roles

April 19, 2002 Since Donald L. Evans was confirmed as Commerce secretary early last year, he has made no secret of his desire to have his department take the lead within the Bush administration on high-tech policy. Evans raised that profile earlier this year when he named Phil Bond, his undersecretary for the...

High-tech companies gear up to oppose contracting bill

April 1, 2002 As more high-tech companies turn to the federal government for business after the Sept. 11 attacks, many of them are joining with a broad business coalition to oppose legislation that they say would slow down the government's ability to outsource information technology projects. Individual companies such as Computer Sciences Corp.,...

Transportation turns to technology to track terrorists

March 26, 2002 Deputy Transportation Secretary Michael Jackson said Tuesday the Transportation Department will unveil a series of technology innovations in the coming months that will help the agency better track airline passenger manifests and determine who needs closer scrutiny. Jackson said the new system would not be a type of racial profiling....

Clarke presses private sector to protect against cyber attacks

February 14, 2002 White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke on Thursday said a top administration priority is to convince private companies to invest in computer security. Speaking at panel on cybersecurity hosted by the Forum on Technology and Innovation, Clarke quoted a Forrester Research report that said Fortune 500 companies on average are...

Technology firms eye expanded homeland security pie

February 13, 2002 Sonic Foundry, a Madison, Wis., technology company, opened its doors in 1991, but it never drew the attention on Capitol Hill that firms such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Cisco Systems did. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, however, dozens of small to medium-sized technology firms with security solutions, like Sonic, have...

Siebel CEO outlines critical nature of information sharing

February 8, 2002 About a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Tom Siebel, founder and CEO of Siebel Systems, enlisted former CIA and FBI employees to help the San Mateo, Calif., applications-software company develop tools to boost homeland security. The efforts resulted in a retooled version of Siebel's business-application software that the...