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Disaster Preparedness

- Examining the response to the April 2011 southwest tornado event, the United States Fire Administration benchmarks what best practices fire departments and emergency medical services should have in place when disaster strikes.

Countering IEDs

- Discover how the Department of Defense’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is working to improve its counter-IED capabilities.


- In a lawsuit filed in Illinois, plaintiffs allege that an entrance exam required by the Chicago Fire Department discriminates against women and minorities. Read the charges here.

Facial Recognition

- The Federal Trade Commission has released a report on facial recognition technology. The report, Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies, is designed to help companies use innovative products without violating employee or consumer privacy.


- The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a Website containing the Worksite Flexibility Toolkit to provide information on workplace flexibility. Announced to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the site contains links to 172 sources, including legislation, case studies, fact sheets, reports, and news articles.

Domestic Violence

- A factsheet from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers guidance to employers on how to apply employment discrimination laws to victims of domestic violence. The factsheet offers scenarios and examples of how companies might unintentionally run afoul of federal law.


- The Texas Pandemic Flu Toolkit provides a variety of resources for emergency planners. The software offerings can help officials track a pandemic and allocate resources.

Trade Secrets

- A U.S. district court has refused to dismiss a case in which the plaintiff, a night club owner, argued that his “friends” lists from Facebook and MySpace are trade secrets under the law. The court ruled that the plaintiff took reasonable steps to protect the information in question.

Healthcare Security

- See an example of the Violent Incident Report devised by the security department at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Security asks employees to fill out the report each time they encounter aggressive behavior in the hospital.

Aviation Security

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration neither adequately tracks nor corrects security breaches at U.S. airports, concludes a report.

Data Preservation

- The defendant in a trade secrets lawsuit must pay $73,000 in sanctions after destroying computer data and hard drives shortly after being ordered to preserve evidence, rules a U.S. district court.


- Sandia National Laboratories has opened the Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory, where cybersecurity professionals can meet and discuss critical issues. Watch this video to learn more about the center.


- The whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States, according to a federal judge’s ruling.

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