09/24/2008 - 204 The number of canine explosives detection teams the Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy in 2008, in addition to 426 already fielded, according to the Government Accountability Office.
03/26/2008 - New York Congressman Anthony Weiner says a DHS program to train truckers to spot terrorists is one more example of pork-barrel spending that's harming the amount of money high-risk cities receive for homeland security. (updated)
12/05/2007 - Nearly all major corporations have policies prohibiting high-level personnel from traveling together, according to Jack Riepe, communications director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Now, more and more mid-size companies are getting into the act as well, says one high-level aviation insurance executive who asked not to be named.
11/06/2007 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will begin the final phase of its Hazmat Threat Assessment Program. Commercial truck drivers applying for a license to carry hazardous materials will be fingerprinted and will have to pass a criminal records check and an immigration status check before they are issued a license. (The drivers were already subjected to a background check to determine any terrorist affiliation during phase one of the program.) Those disqualified under the program can appeal the decision. Drivers who give up their current hazardous-materials license will not be required to undergo the final phase of the program. Drivers who pass the screening are required to be recertified at least every five years. @ The TSA’s announcement and details of the program are available at SM Online.