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Airport Security

- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has pushed back two deadlines for conducting background checks on workers who handle air cargo. The original deadline to screen all such workers was December 1, 2006. However, the deadline has now been extended to March 15, 2007 for the staff of U.S. aircraft operators and foreign air carriers. An even later deadline - June 15, 2007 - has been set for employees of indirect air carriers. These are companies that contract with air carriers to perform a security-related service such as storing cargo or moving it from a warehouse to the airport. Read the regulation establishing these new deadlines.

Identity Theft

- The Department of the Treasury, along with several other agencies, has issued a proposed rule that will require financial institutions and creditors to establish a program to reduce identity theft.

Nuclear Facility Security

- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a proposed rule requiring that nuclear facilities conduct risk assessments, implement training exercises, and enhance security programs.

Numbers

- 7 million dollars has been recovered from funds originally paid out in potentially improper or fraudulent payments by the federal government for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Insights on Internet Investigations

- The National Institute of Justice has issued another in its series of reports on investigating high-tech crimes. It provides guidance on such issues as tracing an Internet address to its source. It also looks at specifics with regard to various issues such as Web site capture tools and Web archiving sites that may help an investigator determine the content of a site at the time the crime was committed. It likewise discusses the unique concerns involved in investigations of instant messenging (IM), chat rooms, and Internet Relay Chat. It notes, for example, "Service providers are not required to retain IP address information. Therefore, when an IM program is involved, time is of the essence." Read the complete report.

Who's Who and What's Where

- (ISC)2, a nonprofit involved in educating and certifying information security professionals, has issued its '2007 Resource Guide for Today's Information Security Professional, Global Edition.' The 126-page almanac is available free from the Web site. It lists information about security-focused professional associations, conferences and trade shows, Web sites, online and print publications, and educational institutions in North, Central, and South America and the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Read the resource guide.

Food Safety

- Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States White Paper Synopsis (this document explains the source of the statistics generally quoted on the numbers of illness and deaths in the U.S. from food).

State Perspective - Illinois

- William C. 'Bill' Burke has served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2003, coordinating incident response while building terrorism preparedness alongside Illinois Homeland Security and the state's Terrorism Task Force. Prior to that, Burke served as a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration and Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Burke received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Read the full interview.

Background Screening

- The Texas Legislature has introduced a bill (S.B. 21) that would require owners, directors, and operators of daycare centers to submit their fingerprints for an FBI background check. Before being hired to work at a daycare center, all prospective employees must also undergo background checks. Employees may not work at the center until the check has been completed.

Privacy

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that its Automated Targeting System, which was originally designed to track cargo, is being used to profile travelers, operators, and crew members on all vessels, vehicles, aircraft, and trains that enter or exit the United States.

RFID

- The DoD has issued a final rule requiring that its contractors use RFID technology to track specific materials, including packaged petroleum products, chemicals, additives, and construction equipment.

Data Mining

- Proponents and opponents of the use of data mining for predicting terrorist events faced off at a congressional hearing. Read their testimonies and judge for yourself which argument cites the best data points.

Religious Discrimination

- An appellate court has upheld a lower court ruling in which a company that allowed an employee to keep religious material posted in her cubicle was not liable for religious discrimination.
 




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