Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Funds awarded for emergency responder systems

The Interoperable Communications Technology Grant program, jointly administered by agencies under the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Justice Dept., awarded federal funding to help communities across the country develop demonstration programs of interoperable communicaitons systems for first responders. Details, including the amounts awarded by state, may be found at:...

DSB report “Discriminate Use of Force” available online

The July 2003 Defense Science Board report Discriminate Use of Force has just been posted to its website. According to the transmittal letter, the report “first identifies enablers of DUF” and then focuses its recommendations on two of them: (1) Create a capability to do campaign planning at the strategic/operational...

TSA approves $100 million to reimburse airlines

Press release by the Transportation Security Administration, DHS, dated 9/24/03 detailed reimbursement grants totaling $100 million to 58 domestic air carriers for the direct cost of reinforcing cockpit doors. This money is in addition to $97 million that the FAA announced on April 9 for the same purpose. The press...

Network for bioforensics to be organized

Reported in the Baltimore Sun, Sept. 26, 2003. The federal government is organizing a national network of laboratories and experts to trace the source of future bioterrorist attacks. The National Bioforensics Analysis Center to be established at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., will maintain databases of viruses, bacteria and other...

FCC asks state governments to get involved in E-911

FCC Chairman Michael Powell, in his address to members of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), asked state governors and public safety officials at the state and local levels to get more involved in the commission’s efforts to make certain that emergency call centers are able to identify...

Congress passes DHS spending

Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to the first Homeland Security appropriations bill, which includes money for just about everything except screening cargo shipped on passenger jets. However the budget requests for the chief information office and a new building for DHS headquarters were not approved. http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2003/0922/web-dhs-09-25-03.asp http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2003/0922/web-dhshq-09-25-03.asp Article formerly...

Northeastern States Seek Terrorist Intelligence Sharing

Reported Aug 23 in Government Technology. Homeland security officials in 10 northeastern states want to establish intelligence-sharing centers that would better disseminate terrorist-related information between federal law enforcement and local police officers. The states would like to see intelligence centers established so that information could be disseminated to law enforcement...

Role of ACTDs in Info Sharing for Homeland Security

This Sept 2003 article by Benjamin Riley from the Journal of Homeland Security describes how the Dept. of Defense’s initiative called Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTDs) helps homeland security officials develop new concepts of operations and supporting critical technologies to counter emergent terrorist threats. The article sets arguments for better...

House Hearing on the Value of the Common Criteria

The House Government Reform Committee’s Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census Subcommittee began reviewing the use of the Common Criteria in civilian agencies on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Common Criteria are standards for evaluating security software against vendor claims or user requirements. Evaluation is done by approved private...