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Disaster Response

- A small nuclear weapon would have a catastrophic impact on the healthcare systems of four major U.S. cities say two scientists, but advise deployable medical equipment coupled with environmental modeling software could save lives.

Aviation Security

- Read a critical intra-agency review of the Department of Homeland Security handling of suspicious passengers on board a flight in 2004, which has been called a terrorist 'dry run' by the media.

Pretexting

- A bill (H.B. 58) under consideration in the Hawaii House of Representatives would make it a felony to broker or sell customer information acquired from a telecommunication provider.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Cargo Security

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection have tried to secure inbound air cargo, says the GAO, but their efforts need to be strengthened.

Campus Crime

- Check out the latest statistics on criminal offenses on college and university campuses from the FBI.

School Counseling

- In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the RAND Corp. provides a tool-kit for school-based mental healthcare for students recovering from a traumatic event.

RFID

- The government has developed guidelines and a set of best practices for RFID use in federal agencies and private corporations. The best practices are intended to reduce the privacy and security risks associated with RFID.

Background Screening

- Six DHS background screening programs are examined by the GAO and found to be duplicative of one another, resulting in widespread redundancies and other inefficiencies.

Piracy

- For every two dollars worth of software purchased legally in 2006, one dollar's worth was stolen according to a new piracy study by BSA and IDC.

Keeping Investors Terror-Free

- Now the Washington, D.C.-based Conflict Securities Advisory Group, Inc., offers the Global Security Risk Monitor, a service that lets fund managers screen out companies doing business in countries designated as sponsors of terrorism.

Terrorism

- Soon after convening in January, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, a bill that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were not enacted in the prior Congress. While the 9/11 Commission had much support, concerns about the costs and practical challenges of implementing all of its recommendations remain. For that reason, this bill is not expected to sail as expeditiously to passage in the Senate.

Communications

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will require those municipalities that have grants from the department to have interoperable communications systems implemented by the end of 2007.
 




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