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2005 Guide to Grants: DHS Inspector General: Grants management needs improvement

In December the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) headed by Clark Kent Ervin issued a comprehensive, year-end assessment of the Department titled Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security(available in its entirety at www.gao.gov/new.items/ d03260.pdf) thatsuggested changes in DHS management and procedures. Included in thatreport was a section on grants management, quoted here.

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Chertoff’s Challenges

When Michael Chertoff takes the helm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as we fully expect him to do, he will face vast challenges—as he and everyone else very well knows.

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Olympic counterterrorism training pays off in Athens bus hijacking

On Dec. 15, four months after the Olympics, a commuter bus was hijacked on the Marathon-Athens highway. The incident was resolved without bloodshed. After a 19-hour standoff, two 24-year-old armed men turned themselves in. Greek authorities said pre-Olympic Games training was pivotal to their success.

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New screening technologies will drive OSI’s growth

OSI Systems Inc., headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., sees new products in cargo helping to drive its growth in explosives detection in coming years, as well as the possible introduction of new airline passenger imaging machines, currently controversial in terms of privacy concerns.

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Senior Director Security Programs, ARINC

Like any traveler, Richard Bredeson knows thefrustrations of getting from one place to another by air. Unlike mosttravelers, however, he knows how much security lies behind eachtraveler—and, as senior director of security programs for ARINC, heplays a key role in providing the technological solutions that ensurethe safety and security of the traveling public.

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The Programs of 2005

As DHS confronts the challenges of the new year, it will do so with new programs in place and funding to get the work done.

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No Mere Game for the Gaming Industry

Some of the tightest security and most advanced technology is being employed to protect America’s casinos and playgrounds—and nowhere is that truer than in the place where the industry got started.

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Tough Call, Good Data

A new generation of software tools is giving decisionmakers and responders the ability to not only make decisions—but to make the right decisions.

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Opening Shots in the Islamist Jihad

Twelve years ago this month, five Americans atthe forefront of America’s security learned to their horror that theircountry was under attack. The lessons of that day still resonate.

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The Kerik affair

Like many Washingtonians, when Bernard Kerik was nominated as homeland security secretary, I ran out to the library to borrow his autobiography, The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice.

 

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Infrastructure input

When President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 on Dec. 17, 2003, he directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “identify and prioritize United States critical infrastructure and key resources and to protect them from terrorist attacks.” The president asked the department to produce its answer, the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, in one… Keep Reading

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Communications interception, networked video benefit Verint

Verint Systems Inc., a firm specializing in key technologies for homeland security, is finding that it can compete with giants in the field by focusing on high-end, technology-driven solutions to resolve some of the most pressing homeland security needs. Based in Melville, NY, the company, which reported about $200 million of sales in 2003, relies… Keep Reading

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The Beslan Reaction

After the outrage in Russia, American school administrators and security officials took a fresh look at their own vulnerabilities—and started doing something about them.

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After the Storms

Coping with the aftermath of four hurricanes,Florida’s domestic security infrastructure and FEMA have passed their biggest test yet.

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Homeland Security in the Year Ahead

It’s very tempting in a magazine’s December edition to review the past year. Many publications do this: It doesn’t take any original research; it’s easy to do on an abbreviated schedule; and all it takes is a skeleton crew of interns while everyone else takes a holiday.

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