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Will You Flood?

- ASIS headquarters is at low to moderate risk for flooding. But the risk surges just a few blocks to the east, closer to the Potomac River. Want to assess the flood risk to your current or prospective sites? Check out the government’s Flood-Smart site (through SM Online), which also offers other flood-related resources for businesses and homes.

Check Fraud

- The FBI gives tips for how governmental agencies and organizations can avoid a check fraud scam that targets expired checks.

Explosives

- DOE audit reports that two out of three defense labs are not maintaining controls over nonnuclear explosives.

Business News

- Dispatches from the corporate front, and a preview of educational sessions in San Diego this month.

A Site To See

- It’s estimated that millions of Americans each year suffer identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set up a Web site to help deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. The site contains a number of educational resources, including a 10-minute educational video that provides an overview of the problem, a PowerPoint presentation, and several PDF publications.  

Quick Bytes: Data breach advice

- Not long after a data breach involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, gave testimony to a House committee on steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of personal data being stolen. The first is to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before deploying new systems; Walker noted that agencies do not always do this. He also recommended limiting the collection of personal information, and limiting the time that such information is retained. @ "Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information is available at SM Online.

Screening Exports

- Spotting suspicious conduct by air travelers, limiting sensitive exports, and speaking with California’s homeland security direc

Data breach advice

- Not long after a data breach involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, gave testimony to a House committee on steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of personal data being stolen. The first is to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before deploying new systems; Walker noted that agencies do not always do this. He also recommended limiting the collection of personal information, and limiting the time that such information is retained. @ Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information is available at SM Online.

Counterfeit Drugs

- The FDA has announced new steps to strengthen existing protections against the growing problem of counterfeit drugs.

Holding the Line

- The border between the United States and Mexico represents 2,000 miles of opportunity for drug smugglers, criminals, and potential terrorists who want to enter the country. For the agencies charged with protecting that border, it is an endless challenge.

Worker ID

- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a proposed rule relating to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Under this program all people who have unescorted access to secure areas of ports and vessels will be required to carry the TWIC card. As set out in the rule, TSA would collect names, personal information, fingerprints, and photos on all applicants for the card. TSA would also perform background checks including those for criminal history, terrorist activity, immigration status, and outstanding warrants. The TWIC will be a smart card and will include a biometric feature. According to the proposed rule, more than 750,000 people will be required to obtain the card. The TSA expects that workers will have to pay approximately $139 to obtain the TWIC card. The card will be valid for five years. @ To read the entire proposed rule, visit SM Online.

Nuclear Facilities

- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced its plan to formulate a new rule to guide risk assessments at nuclear power facilities. The risk assessments, which will be performance-based and technology-neutral, will be required before a facility can be issued a license by the NRC. The advance notice of the rulemaking does not set out the specifics of the plan. Instead, the NRC is asking for comments on whether the concept of the plan is reasonable and, if so, how it should be designed and implemented. The comment period expires December 29, 2006. @ read the advance notice of the proposed rule.

Focus on CCTV’s Value

- Jerry H. Ratcliffe, an associate professor of criminal justice at Temple University, has sifted through dozens of studies on the effectiveness of CCTV in an effort to get an answer. His findings are presented in an article that is another in a series that comprises the Department of Justice's problem-oriented guides for police.
 




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