Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Transit Safety and Security Certification

The Joint Task Force on Safety and Security Certification, established between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), prepared this handbook to support the efforts of the transit industry to achieve continuous improvement in safety and security performance. The handbook is available at http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/Publications/safety/SafetyCertification/pdf/SSC.pdf Article...

Intelligence Automation offers hope in “connecting the dots”

Creating large databases of Intelligence information can be valuable only if there are effective ways to derive meaning from the data. Intelligent Agent software, an automated software program that can quickly locate patterns, looks to be the answer to this challenge. According to a briefing by the Institute for Defense...

National Incident Management System unveiled

In an effort to provide a uniform management system to respond to critical incident such as terrorist attacks the Department of Homeland Security unveiled the National Incident Management System or NIMS. By establishing common procedures, methods and terminology on all levels of government responders, the management system will allow emergency...

Terrorism and the INTERNET uncovered

The United States Institute of Peace has just released its report on how modern terrorism uses the INTERNET. The report points out no fewer than eight ways that terrorist organizations take advantage of the Internet to fuel their missions from psychological warfare to fundraising. Read the report at http://www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr116.pdf Article...

Century Foundation releases new DHS report card

The Century Foundation has just released its report card on the Department of Homeland Security. The report looks at four core missions, aviation security, intelligence gathering and dissemination, immigration and government coordination. The report concludes that one of the most crucial targets that the Department has not accomplished is the...

Natl. Institute of Justice new funding opportunities

The Natl. Institute of Justice seeks proposals for research in emerging technology solutions for interoperable voice communications and information sharing in public safety agencies. Through the AGILE Program, NIJ is interested in technologies that help public safety agencies address inadequate wireless communications and information sharing and in understanding how these...

New device is answer to Anthrax and other biological threats

In what appears to be a deceptively simple solution, University scientists at U of Buffalo have unveiled a new invention to rid buildings of Anthrax and other biological agents. The device dubbed the “BioBlower” instantly heats air to a high temperature killing virtually all pathogens. The developers envision not only...

New DoD website for Biometrics

The Department of Defense has unveiled its new website for biometrics information. The site will offer a broad spectrum of information giving up to the minute information on the field, application, and government and industry partnerships. The website can be viewed at http://www.biometrics.dod.mil/. More on the site can be obtained...

Federal Librarian for 2003 — Lillian Gassie

Each year the Federal Library information Center Committee bestows their “Federal Librarian of the Year award” based on “innovative leadership and professionalism in the promotion and development of library and information services. This year Lillian Gassie, a systems librarian at the Naval Postgraduate Library and the project manager for the...