Site Map - Government

Religious Discrimination

- A federal appeals court has ruled that General Motors Corporation need not recognize a religious group as part of its affinity program.

Money Laundering

- A government report on money laundering notes the rise in popularity of online currency services as a conduit for illicit funds.

Community Policing

- Find out how the Long Beach, California, COPS program has successfully addressed drugs, graffiti, gangs, shootings, and prostitution.

Legal Report

- Courts examine investigative techniques used by security officers and a landowner’s responsibility for a contractor’s injuries. Plus, campus safety, cargo security, and disaster management are topics of proposed federal legislation.

Scoping Out Malicious Mail

- Spying suspicious mail at the National Security Agency.

Sometimes the Truth Hurts

- Other whistleblowers recounted similar experiences. Removal of the security clearance—vital for anyone working in intelligence—was the weapon most often used against them when they raised concerns about security problems within their organizations

Challenges Confront Federal Smart Card

- Federal agencies are gearing up to roll out new ID cards for employees and contractors as required by President Bush in 2004 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

DHS Spending Ethics Lacking

- The ethics involved in science and technology spending at the Department of Homeland Security must improve, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the report, a potential conflict of interest may arise, given that many of the various portfolio managers charged with managing the different Science and Technology (S&T) portfolios were former experts from national laboratories. National laboratories received a portion of the S&T funds. @ Read the full report at SM Online.

Tax credits

- A bill (S. 2052) introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) would provide a security-related tax credit for businesses that sell agricultural chemicals or manufacture, formulate, or distribute certain pesticides. The tax credit would be for 30 percent of the costs for protecting those chemicals and would expire in 2010. S. 2052 has three cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

Chemical weapons

- The House Homeland Security Committee has approved a bill (H.R. 3197) that would regulate the purchase of ammonium nitrate. The provision must now be taken up by the House of Representatives.

Court Security

- The New York State Unified Court System has recommended more than 40 measures to improve court security.

Intelligent Reform Still Elusive

- If it were to receive a grade, intelligence reform might get a C.

A Lack of Trust

- The plan, or rather the process, which would lead to the development of the plan for improving intelligence sharing, was mandated in the 2004 Intelligence Reform Act, and this official was charged with carrying it out. He explained that under this plan for the plan, his division had 90 days—which will just be ending as you read this—to map out what the existing information-sharing arrangement among government agencies and private industry entities looks like.

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