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Obama: We'll Raise $10.7 Billion for First Responder Communications

- The White House hopes to spend more than $10 billion on a dedicated national frequency spectrum band and network that will support voice and data traffic for first responders, President Obama announced this week.

DHS Backs Free Allocation of Open Radio Spectrum to First Responders

- The Obama Administration has come out in favor of simply allocating unused radio frequency spectrum to the nation’s first responders, rather than auctioning off the bands to wireless companies with the condition that they prioritize emergency traffic.

Boston Ordinance Seeks to Fingerprint and Vet Business-License Seekers

- A Boston city councilor has filed an ordinance to require city business-license seekers who interact with the public to submit to fingerprinting and a national background check to ensure they are not violent criminals.

SM Archives: Politicians in the Line of Fire

- In a cover story from almost 20 years ago, security professional Joseph A. Kochis, CPP, detailed how to protect a political candidate while out on the campaign trail.

FTC: Companies Should Simplify Privacy Policies for Customers

- A Federal Trade Commission official says privacy policies are "broken" and offers solutions.

GAO Finds Hackers Could Exploit Wireless Vulnerabilities

- Congress's watchdog reports finds that many federal agencies inconsistently apply security guidelines and best practices, leaving government networks and information vulnerable to attack.

TSA Chief Looks Forward to Less Invasive Security Screening Technology

- Automated target recognition could provide a screening solution that doesn't upset privacy concerns, but it's not ready for prime time, TSA chief testifies.

Morning Security Brief: Intelligence Failure, Bomb-handling Robots, and International Security

- New York Times reveals how the lack of information sharing among U.S. agencies was a possible factor that led to the Mumbai attacks. U.S. Army asks private sector to make better bomb-handling robots. And American and Australia strengthen security ties.

Rep. King to Push Consolidated DHS Oversight

- Keeping Guantanamo Bay detainees out of the United States and streamlining congressional oversight are among the top priorities of Peter King (R-NY3), the Republican expected to retake the reins of the House Committee on Homeland Security in the new Congress.

Morning Security Brief: Whistleblower Proposal, Intelligence Budget, Liquid Explosives Screening, and More

- The SEC has issued a proposal for comment to clarify how whistleblowers can win awards by reporting fraud. The Director of National Intelligence announces progress in gaining stronger authority. Agents find a tunnel used to smuggle drugs. The European Union approves liquid explosives screening equipment. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Radical Cleric Charged, Cyberbullying Help, FISA Rules Revised, School Firing Upheld

- Yemen charges Anwar-al-Awlaki with incidtement to kill foreigners; Facebook sets up a resource to help fight cyberbullying; FISA revisions are set in new rules of procedure for the court, and a ruling to uphold a firing of a school employee is questioned.

Morning Security Brief: Gun Violence, Archive Security, and Data Privacy

- U.S. law enforcement groups join forces to fight gun violence. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has not effectively implemented information security controls. Privacy Group calls for more comprehensive and effective privacy protections when data is shared between the EU members and the United States.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Disaster Management

- A bill (S. 3249) that would renew a grant program designed to help state and local governments prepare for disasters has been approved by the Senate. The House of Representatives will consider the measure. The competitive grant program would provide grants to state and local governments for projects that mitigate damage from natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. A 2007 study on the program by the Congressional Budget Office found that the program is successful. For every $1 spent on the program, the federal government saved $3.  
 




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