Technofile: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/25/2007 - 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.
Homeland Security: International Security
09/24/2007 - Spotting suspicious conduct by air travelers, limiting sensitive exports, and speaking with California’s homeland security direc
Beyond Print: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/24/2007 - 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.
Beyond Print: Drug Control
09/24/2007 - The FDA has announced new steps to strengthen existing protections against the growing problem of counterfeit drugs.
09/24/2007 - 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.
09/24/2007 - 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.
Legal Report: How-to
09/24/2007 - 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.
Beyond Print: How-to
09/24/2007 - 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.
Government: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/24/2007 - The amount of rain and wind delivered by Katrina and Rita last year was nothing compared to the criticism that poured down on the federal government, Louisiana, and New Orleans for shoddy hurricane preparation and response. In the aftermath, Congress asked the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security to review federal and state evacuation plans for catastrophic hurricanes. The two agencies have just issued a nearly 200- page report on evacuation plan assessment and jurisdictional roles in evacuation. @ Read it now by going to SM Online.
Beyond Print: How-to
09/24/2007 - A paper summarizes new court security guidelines proposed at a symposium held by the National Center for State Courts.
09/21/2007 - Culture clashes among the FBI, CIA, and military intelligence agencies are among the problems in the intelligence community. This report looks at whether progress is being made.
Homeland Security: Risk Management
09/21/2007 - Percentage of large wastewater facilities surveyed by the Government Accountability Office that said they had completed or were still conducting a vulnerability assessment
Beyond Print: Maritime Security
09/21/2007 - A report released by the Department of Justice criticizes the FBI’s efforts to protect the nation’s ports and recommends written threat assessments.