08/15/2007 - Afghanistan's booming opium trade.
Homeland Security: Risk Management
08/15/2007 - 23
Number of states that provide information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on persons disqualified from possessing firearms under federal law for mental health reasons.
08/14/2007 - 30
The number of terrorist plots actively under investigation by the British Security Service (BSS). These plots, according to the BSS, involve 1,600 individuals and at least 200 terrorist networks.
Intelligence: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/14/2007 - Assessing National Guard readiness.
08/14/2007 - CCTV ordinances cause concern.
Legal Report: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/13/2007 - Two bills (S. 430 and H.R. 718) introduced by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) would require the military to identify gaps between federal and state capabilities to respond to emergencies that have been created by the deployment of National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would also make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Legal Report: Privacy
08/13/2007 - The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing to examine the privacy and civil liberties concerns surrounding the driver's license requirements mandated under the REAL ID Act. Witnesses also evaluated two new bills - S. 717 and H.R. 1117 - that would repeal REAL ID and require a new set of standards for driver's licenses. You can read the full testimony here.
Beyond Print: ID issues \ Identity Theft
08/13/2007 - The recommendations are in from the President's Task Force on Identity Theft: the strategic plan advises four broad policy changes including that federal agencies reduce the unnecessary use of Social Security numbers.
Legal Report: Privacy
08/13/2007 - Washington Governor Christine Gergoire has signed a bill (S.B. 5087) into law that blocks the implementation of a federal driver's license program, known as REAL ID. Under the new state law, Washington would implement REAL ID if it is altered to include full funding and privacy protection for state residents. Right now, the law is an unfunded mandate, and critics say that privacy issues have not been addressed.
Beyond Print: Best Practices \ Case Studies
08/13/2007 - 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.
Beyond Print: Surveillance
08/10/2007 - The DoD has issued a final rule requiring that its contractors use RFID technology to track specific materials, including packaged petroleum products, chemicals, additives, and construction equipment.
Technofile: ID issues \ Identity Theft
08/10/2007 - Is there any hope of a more secure driver’s license?
Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
08/10/2007 - The House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 493, a bill that would outlaw genetic discrimination.