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If You See Something, REALLY Say Something…Oh, BTW, Happy Holidays

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Agency Administrator John Pistole announced their agencies would help expand the “If You See Something, Say Something,” public awareness campaign for the holiday season. The expanded efforts come as the transportation systems prepare for an influx of travelers for the …

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Information Sharing Environment Fills out Staff with E-Gov Expert

A new hire at the Information Sharing Environment, tasked with increasing national security information sharing, is help to fill out the relatively new agency. Mike Howell will join the Information Sharing Environment as the agency’s deputy program manager, Federal News Radio reports. Howell, who will leave his current position working …

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Multimodality: The Brave New World of Biometrics

With all the attention and outrage over the Department of Homeland Security’s full-body scanners now in place at airports around the country, another technology seems to have slipped under the radar. Biometrics describes systems that collect data – fingerprints, for example – and then match them to an information bank …

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Obama Admin. Wants Internet-privacy Watchdog

The Wall Street Journal reports the Obama administration will announce a new “stepped-up” strategy for dealing with online privacy, including a privacy watchdog, when the Commerce Department releases a new report in the coming weeks. The news comes just a few weeks after the White House announced the creation of …

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Key Staff Changes at FCC

The game of musical chairs at the Federal Communications Commission continued this week as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced key staff changes. First up, Genachowski named Sarah Whitesell to the media bureau as deputy chief. In Whitesell’s new role, she will take the lead in helping to create the bureau’s …

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Observers Predict Further Changes as Clapper Takes New Budget Role

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper’s move to assert more authority over the intelligence budget has some observers predicting more changes down the road. Clapper described a few weeks ago a “conceptual agreement” he had reached with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to move the intelligence budget, which had …

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