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Small firms angle for a piece of homeland security market

March 15, 2002 Small firms can profit from the government's efforts to boost national security, but participants in an investment symposium cautioned that it is not easy to get venture capital funding and winning government contracts is time-consuming, difficult work. With an information technology budget of $52 billion and a Defense Department budget...

White House continues to divert patent, trademark funds

January 31, 2002 The Bush administration will propose a 21 percent budget increase for the Patent and Trademark Office for fiscal 2003, but it also wants to continue the practice of siphoning money from PTO fees to meet other funding needs, according to administration officials. The administration has earmarked $1.37 billion for the...

SEC sets up fake company Web site to warn investors of scams

January 30, 2002 The Securities and Exchange Commission, in an effort to educate investors about online scams, has launched its own Internet site for a fraudulent company aimed at teaching a lesson to investors with an itch to get rich quick. "An educated investor is our best defense against fraud," said SEC Chairman...

Emergency-response reps discuss ways to involve tech industry

December 6, 2001 Emergency-response reps discuss tech industry involvement Technology industry and emergency-response representatives told a Senate panel on Wednesday that establishing the technology equivalent of the National Guard could save lives during a crisis. However, the Bush administration's technology policy director had reservations about creating government mandates that could lead to technology...

Funding for R&D, security sees boost after Sept. 11

November 20, 2001 Counterterrorism programs received a boost in funding when Congress reconciled the spending bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York. Before Sept. 11, for example, getting funding for a counterfeiting study was a dubious proposition, but the recently approved...

Bill extends 'no cookies' rule to all federal Web sites

October 31, 2001 The House on Wednesday is expected to adopt the compromise version of a fiscal 2002 Treasury-Postal Service bill, H.R. 2590, that would expand privacy protections for people visiting federal Web sites and provide funds for crime-fighting technology. Lawmakers debated the bill in the morning and planned to cast a vote...

Defense unlikely to give up its spectrum for commercial use

October 3, 2001 Harmonizing the spectrum used by the United States with those bands used in Europe and Asia is unlikely for third-generation wireless (3G) services, say those familiar with the issue, but the industry remains optimistic that similar bands of spectrum eventually will be used worldwide. "Some people may have given up...

SEC chief requests money for new hires, technology

September 26, 2001 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had the tools it needed to restore the financial markets after the recent terrorist attacks, but Congress could take a couple of steps to help the agency do its job, the agency's chairman said Wednesday. SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt told the House Financial Services...

Education, Defense squabble over spectrum use

July 16, 2001 The Defense Department and the education community on Friday each flaunted their political trump card in a discussion on making telecommunications spectrum available for commercial, third-generation (3G) wireless uses. The debate at a New America Foundation seminar revealed the politically charged and prickly nature of the issue. Michigan Republican Fred...

FCC copes with 'fairly ancient' testing equipment

June 1, 2001 Many of the Federal Communications Commission's duties in tracking telecommunications interference problems and testing new equipment for safety could have life or death consequences, and the agency is operating with "fairly ancient" equipment, said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who recently visited one of the agency's labs in Columbia, Md. "It...