06/30/2011 - Americans may think they are more prepared for a devastating earthquake than they truly are, according to a report on earthquake resilience authored by the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Earthquake Resilience.
06/30/2011 - Tennessee
Weapons. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill (S.B. 519) into law that will clarify the state’s handgun laws. The state already allows employers to permit handguns in the workplace. The new law specifies that the decision to permit handguns in the workplace does not create an unsafe workplace.
Crime. A new bill (H. 16) introduced in Vermont would amend the state’s criminal code to make it a crime to knowingly and intentionally post false and defamatory information to an Internet Web site. The bill would also amend the definition of Internet harassment to include posting on a Web site as a form of electronic communication.
06/30/2011 - The Site Security Design Guide from the General Services Administration establishes guidance, explores various elements and best practices, and lays out the process for designing site security at GSA’s facilities.
06/24/2011 - Border security got a lot of attention this week. On Tuesday, the Department of State released a document annotating its efforts to check growing violence attached to drug cartels and drug and human trafficking. Meanwhile, several lawmakers introduced legislation that would help attack the issue.
06/22/2011 - Wednesday marked the official launch of CrimeSolutions.gov, the new Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Web site designed to provide researchers and policymakers, with credible information on the effectiveness of a wide range of criminal justice programs. The site includes more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ratings based on how well a program was able to achieve its intended purpose.
06/10/2011 - The Department of Defense (DoD) wants more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, because they've proven their worth in strikes against al Qaeda targets in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. How to afford them is the question that the Congressional Budget Office addresses in a new report.
06/08/2011 - The DHS unit on domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam has been effectively silenced. Metro New York City and North New Jersey are hotbeds for organized retail theft. Scam letters are falsely threatening people with arrest. The DHS has released new reporting metrics for FISMA.
05/27/2011 - A bill (H.R. 347) that strengthens penalties for trespassing on certain federal properties has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
05/27/2011 - A government agency is not liable for retaliation for firing an executive for insubordination. The executive had launched an investigation into corruption without permission and continued it after being told to stop. A federal appeals court ruled that the executive would have been “suspended and then terminated even absent any retaliatory intent.”
05/27/2011 - The government may not use the Freedom of Information Act exemption allowing the government to keep personnel and human resources issues secret to deny requests on other issues, such as the location of explosives on a military base, the Supreme Court ruled. But it left open the possibility that other exemptions could yield the same result.