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Quick Bytes:Biometric standards released.

- A paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines technical acquisition and formatting requirements of biometric credentials for Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which calls for identity credentials that are interoperable between agencies. @ Link to NIST Special Publication 800-76, Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification, at SM Online.

Homeland security

- A law (formerly S.B. 67) approved in Ohio makes it illegal for anyone to use an agricultural product or equipment to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of any government through intimidation or coercion, affect the conduct of any government, or interfere with agricultural processes to diminish consumer confidence or agricultural production. Raising or providing funds for such a venture is a felony, as is concealing a plan or planning an escape after committing such an act.

FBI: al Qaeda May Launch Holiday Assault Against Shopping Malls

- The warning identifies shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago as targets.

CRS Contemplates Port, Water Threats

- As the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office audits government efforts. As the public-policy research arm of Congress, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides objective analysis and data. Both have been exploring homeland security issues with recently updated CRS reports investigating nuclear attacks on seaports and water infrastructure. The reports can be reached via SM Online.

Quick Bytes: DHS privacy group

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed 20 members to its Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, whose task it is to advise the DHS Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer “on programmatic, policy, operational, administrative, and technological issues within the DHS that affect individual privacy, as well as data integrity and data interoperability,” according to the committee’s charter. The members come from private-sector companies such as Oracle and Computer Associates, academic institutions such as The George Washington University, and think tanks like the Cato Institute.

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.

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.

Homeland security

- A bill (S. 308) introduced by Rep. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)would require that homeland security grants be given out only based on assessments of risk, threat, and vulnerability.

Interim Goal is Published

- The Department of Homeland Security has released its Interim National Preparedness Goal, which “establishes readiness priorities, targets, and metrics.” For more information go to SM Online.

Afghanistan: The Forgotten Front

- A report out this week on the deterioration of the Afghanistan situation and the strengthening of the Taliban and al Qaeda coincides with the country's deadliest suicide attack since the overthrow of the Taliban.

TOPOFF

- In Connecticut and New Jersey, DHS conducted a simulated terrorist-attack exercise called TOPOFF.

Government Will Appeal Ruling on National Security Letters

- The September ruling struck down a key provision of the U.S. PATRIOT Act.

Three More Ports Enroll in TWIC

- Today workers will enroll at the ports of Tacoma, Washington; Honolulu,Hawaii; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 




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