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C-TPAT

- The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Green lanes. FAST (Free and Secure Trade) lanes. The Container Security Initiative. Smart containers. Automated Commercial Environment. These various cargo security programs and elements launched by the federal government may seem like a morass of overlapping parts. A new document by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clears up much of the confusion as far as C-TPAT is concerned.

Did You Know That?

- How well has the FBI aligned itself with post 9-11 priorities? The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) says that the FBI “is making substantial progress in transforming itself into a strong domestic intelligence agency and has the will and many of the competencies required to accomplish it.” But the report makes 37 recommendations for change. Read the  report.

Report Finds Intel Flaws

- In 601 pages of exposition, the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction laid bare the serious problems in the U.S. intelligence community. The commission’s report is packed with recommendations on topics such as management, collection, analysis, covert action, and counterinelligence. Read the report.

The Key to Winning Contracts

- NAICS and FSC codes

There's No Free Lunch

- Contract requirements.

The Key to Winning Contracts

- Links to contract information

Impeccable Credentials

- One card that works across the government as an ID and for access is a step closer to reality. In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a standard specifying the architecture and technical requirements for a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors, such as a smart card with embedded biometric data. The first part of the standard gives minimum requirements for a personal identity verification (PIV) system that meets the control and security objectives of HSPD 12, while the second part provides the technical requirements, such as card elements and system interfaces, to support the control and security objectives as well as to maintain interoperability. PIV-I mandates, for example, that a detailed background investigation be completed before ID credentials are issued. It also requires that the applicant appear in person at least once during the process and that he or she present two forms of identification in original form.The Federal Information Processing Standard 201, Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors, is available at SM Online.

HIPAA

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Quick Bytes: Grading the graders

- Each year, federal agencies receive “grades” on a computer security report card, issued by the House Government Reform Committee. It’s based largely on each agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Grading the graders.

- Each year, federal agencies receive “grades” on a computer security report card, issued by the House Government Reform Committee. It’s based largely on each agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Now, for the first time, the CISOs of those agencies have their chance to grade FISMA. In a survey from Telos Corporation, 60 percent of respondents found FISMA reporting helpful in understanding the state of their department’s IT security, and respondents gave the report card itself a “C” grade.@ The executive summary of Grading the Graders: Examining the True Impact of FISMA is at SM Online.

Nuclear facility

- A measure(former S.B. 1214) recently signed into law by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano makes it illegal for anyone to enter a commercial nuclear-generating station or its grounds without authorization.

Cargo security

- A bill (H.R. 785) introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) would require that the government coordinate cargo-theft-tracking efforts.

First responders

- A bill (H.R. 1544) that would change the way that first-responder funds are allocated to state and local governments has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee and must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.
 




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