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Explosives

- DOE audit reports that two out of three defense labs are not maintaining controls over nonnuclear explosives.

Quick Bytes: Data breach advice

- Not long after a data breach involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, gave testimony to a House committee on steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of personal data being stolen. The first is to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before deploying new systems; Walker noted that agencies do not always do this. He also recommended limiting the collection of personal information, and limiting the time that such information is retained. @ "Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information is available at SM Online.

Data breach advice

- Not long after a data breach involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, gave testimony to a House committee on steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of personal data being stolen. The first is to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before deploying new systems; Walker noted that agencies do not always do this. He also recommended limiting the collection of personal information, and limiting the time that such information is retained. @ Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information is available at SM Online.

Another Hidden Enemy in Iraq

- There are so many threats in Iraq that it’s hard to know where to start: foreign jihadists, Shiite radicals, Baath party loyalists, and garden-variety criminals, to name a few. Add one unexpected threat to that list: private security providers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has warned that the lack of criminal-background data on prospective private security personnel puts U.S. military forces and Iraqi civilians at risk. The threat is mainly from Iraqi and third-country personnel, testified William Solis, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, before the House Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. @ The testimony is at SM Online.

Airport Screening

- Why aren’t more airports opting out of using federal screeners? Read about the issue in a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Privacy

- Specific measures aimed at preventing data breaches are delineated in this GAO report.

Airport Screening

- Why aren’t more airports opting out of using federal screeners? Read about the issue in a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Management of US-VISIT Evaluated

- US-VISIT calls for various measures, such as digital photos and biometrics, to ensure that persons entering the U.S. are correctly identified and not on watch lists

A Clear Shot at Chemical Plant Security

- Cyber war games, US-visit evaluated, and chemical plant security concerns.

Passenger Rail

- A GAO report recommends learning lessons from rail security practices implemented in Europe.

US-VISIT

- Suggestions for improving the US-VISIT program, such as better assessment of security risks, are offered in this report.

Chemical Security

- The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2005 calls for security to be increased to protect against terrorist attacks at chemical facilities.

Studies Reveal System Flaws

- The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) American Shield Initiative (ASI)—a program of sensors, cameras, and databases that monitor U.S. land borders—lacks “key management capabilities” and has failed to define “key acquisition management processes,” such as those for tracking and overseeing contractors, says a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The auditors note that DHS has not fully staffed the ASI program office and has only defined roles and responsibilities for 3 of 47 positions.
 




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