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FDA Database

- The FDA's Food Facilities Registration Database is intended to help the government share warnings of food-borne illnesses, but errors in the contact information were found in a recent test.

Disaster Prevention

- Disaster prevention.

Drug Testing

- Workers in safety-sensitive positions, who must be drug tested, showed record low use in 2006 according to Quest Diagnostics - Drug Testing Index. When random testing is done on the general work force, usage rates are higher - 5.5 percent compared to 1.5 percent.

Counterterrorism

- Terrorism incidents and fatalities, as reported from the State Department for 2006, have risen dramatically worldwide from 2005. Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are among those driving the trend.

Employment

- Employers cannot question the accuracy of job applicants' Social Security numbers, ruled a federal district court. However, employers can ask where they were born and if they filed tax returns.

Workplace Violence

- An employer was wrong to fire a violent bipolar employee, ruled a federal appeals court. Previous courts have ruled that employers need not tolerate violent behavior from any employee.

Rail Security

- Selective screening of rail passengers is unpopular, but San Jose State's Mineta Transportation Institute argues it is the only way to secure the nation's mass transportation systems with the least impact on civil rights and the economy.

Environmental Security

- If global warming causes food and water to become scarce, fragile regimes could collapse, which could abet terrorist groups, says a group of retired military officials.
 




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