SM Online: Legal Issues
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.”
SM Online: Legal Issues
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.
SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
04/23/2011 - The American Society of Civil Engineers offers a guidance document for policymakers and practitioners with an eye toward having resilience capabilities built into the next generation of critical infrastructure (.pdf).
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
04/23/2011 - Security Management interviews Kenny Shaw, director of the Office of Emergency Management for the city of Dallas.
Daily Headline : IT Security
04/15/2011 - The Obama administration today unveiled its strategy to safeguard transactions in cyberspace by helping to create voluntary "secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions."
Daily Headline : Food Safety
04/07/2011 - U.S. Agriculture Department proposes rule to reduce meat recalls and avoid illness from contaminated meat. Energy sector survey finds IT security still not a priority, and the U.S. Navy hopes robots can be doctors.
Daily Headline : International
04/06/2011 - Progress and remaining concerns at Japan's Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power facility. WikiLeaks fallout continues for U.S. State Department. Web-based malware attacks up 93 percent. DARPA seeks multilingual robot, and more.
Legal Report: Legislation
03/30/2011 - A bill (S.B. 15) introduced in Michigan would prohibit certain convicted felons from being employed by the state. Under the bill, the state could not hire anyone who had been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of public trust in the previous 20 years to any position in which the employee would set policy or have discretionary authority over public assets.
Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
03/30/2011 - A bill (H.R. 321) introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) would make it illegal for employers to use the credit history of an applicant or employee in employment decisions. The prohibition stands even if the applicant or employee gives authorization for the use of credit information.
Daily Headline : Training
03/11/2011 - Military research division DARPA is planning to train troops on how to enter any type of social interaction, allowing warfighters to better engage strangers and understand previously unknown "rules of the game."
Daily Headline : Terrorism
03/10/2011 - Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca told lawmakers that community policing is critical to effective counterterrorism and bristled at congressman's allegations that he is an unwitting tool of CAIR
Daily Headline : Intelligence
03/07/2011 - WikiLeaks will have a chilling effect on information-sharing, according to the head of the U.S. intelligence community.
Legal Report: Proprietary Information Protection
02/28/2011 - Massachusetts has approved a new law (formerly H.B. 4910) that addresses the security of vital records in the state. The law empowers state and town clerks to refuse to issue a copy of a vital record if they suspect that the request for the record has been falsely made, altered, forged, counterfeited, or procured through fraud.