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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.

Evacuation Plans Evaluated

- 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.

Court Security

- A paper summarizes new court security guidelines proposed at a symposium held by the National Center for State Courts.

Spying Trouble

- 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.


- Percentage of large wastewater facilities surveyed by the Government Accountability Office that said they had completed or were still conducting a vulnerability assessment

Maritime Protection

- A report released by the Department of Justice criticizes the FBI’s efforts to protect the nation’s ports and recommends written threat assessments.

Court Security

- Read proposed guidelines for improving the safety and security of America’s courts, along with expert commentary on those guidelines.


- Suggestions for improving the US-VISIT program, such as better assessment of security risks, are offered in this report.

Legal Report

- Rulings on workers' compensation claims, discrimination, privacy, and workplace violence; plus legislation on identity theft, bullying, and drug testing.

Delete and Erase

- This NIST guide will help organizations in implementing a media sanitization program.


- The issues and challenges associated with catastrophic events are examined for lessons learned.

Beyond Print

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