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Medical Examiners

- Lots of agencies and departments call themselves "the last line of defense" against terrorism, but, at least with respect to biological and chemical terrorism, perhaps medical examiners and coroners have the most legitimate claim to that title. They are the last people to examine a body for signs of terrorist traces before evidence is buried or destroyed. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has drafted a report providing coroners and medical examiners with information required to build their capacity for biological terrorism preparedness for the benefit of public health.

Aviation safety

- A new GAO report has studied the Federal Aviation Administration's enforcement efforts related to safety violations.

September 11 attacks

- The 9/11 Commission has issued its final report and Congress is holding hearings on the recommendations.

Responders, Private Sector Incommunicado

- If a disaster strikes, it's imperative that local first responders be able to communicate effectively, first with each other, then with neighboring responders. But they must also communicate with local companies and representatives of federal agencies. A new survey shows that the first and second areas are in good shape, but the third and fourth remain fraught with problems.

Why, Oh, Wireless Spam?

- The e-mail in-box has evolved from a useful communication medium to a catalog of too-good-to-be-true offers of mortgages and organ enhancements. The stalwart and ubiquitous mobile phone is perched at the brink of a similar catastrophe, as cell-phone spammers begin to wirelessly deliver a similar stream of bogus messages and come-ons. But a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling may keep spam from overwhelming wireless phones.

China: Security Guard Free-for-All No More

- China set to regulate its 3 million security guards, says the Ministry of Public Security.

Why, Oh, Wireless Spam?

- Last year's CAN-SPAM Act directed the FCC to create regulations to protect wireless users from spam, a task the FCC has accomplished in this new ruling. Michael Altschul, senior vice president and general counsel of wireless association CTIA, explains that CAN-SPAM treats wireless spam differently than its wired counterpart.

9-11 Commission

- A bipartisan group of Senators led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has introduced legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. The bill, unnamed at press time, essentially puts the 9-11 report recommendations into legislative language with one exception--the head of intelligence would not be in the White House, a change the commission concurred with based on concerns about the future politicization of intelligence.

Did You Know That?

- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a DVD on preventing work-related homicides. Among other material, it contains a training program and OSHA guidelines. @ To download it or request a free hard copy  go to SM Online.

Borders

- An interim rule expands the US-VISIT program to the 50 most highly trafficked land border ports of entry in the United States.

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Maritime security

- A temporary final rule issued by the U.S. Coast Guard reclassifies certain chemicals as dangerous cargo. The rule also sets out two options for vessels to submit electronic notices of arrival--a provision required under federal law. The rule took effect on September 17 and is valid through March 20, 2006. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is accepting comments for a final rule to be issued in the future. Comments must be received by November 16, 2004. For more details visit SM Online.

Maritime security

- Fed Ex likes to say that it runs the tightest ship in the shipping business. It's the Coast Guard's mandate to run the tightest ship in the ship business, however, and to that end it is developing an automatic identification system (AIS) to monitor ships traveling to and through U.S. waters. A GAO review shows various challenges, such as whether local port authorities are willing to pay for some of the cost of the infrastructure needed to make it work.
 




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