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Tough Track for Railroads

- Passenger and freight railroads face an uphill battle in their efforts to secure the line.

Cargo security

- After reviewing comments made to its interim rule, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an interim final rule regarding security threat assessments of commercial truck drivers who transport hazardous material. The rule will take effect May 31, 2005. @ To read the entire interim final rule, visit SM Online.

Food security

- When Tommy Thompson resigned as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, his parting words included a stark warning that the nation's food supply was an inviting and vulnerable terrorist target. Recognizing the need to beef up food-chain security, the United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference and the Conference of the American Trucking Associations, has developed a guide for secure transport of food. Secure practices are provided for drivers and for commercial agricultural and food transporters. The latter, for example, are urged to protect their water supply system, such as by locking wellheads, pump houses, and water storage tanks. They should also assess their facilities for potential sabotage of bulk ingredients, such as by ensuring that access to corn syrup, flour, and other foodstuffs is controlled. The jointly developed food safety guidelines were fashioned as a result of a survey of 24,000 commercial agricultural and food transporters to identify vulnerabilities in food transportation. The sponsoring organizations hope the guidelines help industry. Get them via SM Online.

Where Trouble Meets the Road

- The Utah Department of Transportation is going digital to improve statewide traffic surveillance.

Homeland security

- Many of the broad homeland security and intelligence issues before Congress this term will be addressed by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired again by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). In announcing the committee's agenda, Collins stressed overseeing and improving the Department of Homeland Security and monitoring the outcome of new intelligence legislation. The committee also plans to investigate sources of terrorism financing. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced that antiterrorism legislation (S. 3) introduced by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) will be a priority. S. 3 would increase penalties for attacks against rail systems, passenger vessels, and mass transit. The bill also includes provisions designed to aid vaccine production and protect drug companies from liability related to vaccine programs.

Container security.

- Survey respondents cite problems with container tracking, such as a lack of standards.

Transportation security.

- Bus drivers and highway construction crews get a terrorism-awareness guide.

Immunity

- Three bills introduced in Congress would give immunity from civil liability to those who report threats of terrorism against transportation systems. S. 1369 introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and H.R. 2291 introduced by Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM) are identical. The bills would limit liability for anyone making good faith reports about threats of terrorism against transportation systems or passengers and taking reasonable actions to mitigate the threat. The third bill (S. 1891) introduced by Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) is broader and would extend immunity to those who report their reasonable suspicions regarding any threats to transportation systems or passengers including threats of terrorism.

Car Viruses and Other Future Computer-Related Threats

- Viruses poised to attack cars and machinery, NIST moves forward on federal ID standard, lowdown on Firefox.

Car Viruses and Other Future Computer-Related Threats

- Viruses poised to attack cars and machinery, NIST moves forward on federal ID standard, lowdown on Firefox.

Hazardous materials

- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will begin the final phase of its Hazmat Threat Assessment Program. Commercial truck drivers applying for a license to carry hazardous materials will be fingerprinted and will have to pass a criminal records check and an immigration status check before they are issued a license. (The drivers were already subjected to a background check to determine any terrorist affiliation during phase one of the program.) Those disqualified under the program can appeal the decision. Drivers who give up their current hazardous-materials license will not be required to undergo the final phase of the program. Drivers who pass the screening are required to be recertified at least every five years. @ The TSA’s announcement and details of the program are available at SM Online.

Eyes on the road

- Truckers receive training to spot signs of terrorists.

What Ails Transportation Security?

- Risk managers, continuity planners, and security consultants fill the ranks during& transportation security discussions. What’s missing are transportation professionals.
 




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