This week, the Dept. of Justice released the national sex offender public registry, a compilation of sex offender registries from various states.
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The National Governors' Association has issues a press release expressing unhappiness with the Real ID act, a requirement included in the recent military appropriation that requires states to turn drivers' licenses into national ID cards, within three years. The governors say the law "contains unreasonable burdens and unfunded mandates that are unworkable and counterproductive to its goals.
The many activities related to trials and other court hearings in state and federal courts could be massively streamlined if courts could adopt publicly available hardware and software that support the Global Justice XML standard. The National Institute of Justice, the R&D arm of the US Justice Dept has issued a request for information about such systems, FCW.
The cost of building the National Health Information Network will run approximately $156 billion over the next five years, according to a paper published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper's abstract states: To achieve an NHIN would cost $156 billion in capital investment over 5 years and $48 billion in annual operating costs.
Over the course of a year, starting shortly after 9/11, British hacker Gary McKinnon, using the handle Solo, hacked into 96 Defense Dept. computers, effectively shut down the naval weapons center responsible for the Atlantic Fleet, and hacked into some 73,000 government computers.
The federal government will complete the transition to Internet Protocol v6 by June 2008. In a memo (PDF) released yesterday, Karen Evans, the head of the Office of Management and Budget's office of e-government and IT, unveiled a timeframe for completing the transition.
The federal government is woefully behind private industry when it comes to enabling telework and the reasons have more to do with managerial intransigence than any realistic security concerns. That's the conclusion of a paper (PDF) released last month by the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a group of security-focused hardware, software and networking vendors.
Are federal and state governments on different tracks when it comes to implementing web accessibility standards? On his Vox Populus blog, Mark Headd notes that federal law sets accessibility standards for federal agencies but it's not clear whether the rules also apply to state governments.
State and local governments will get direct access to more Justice Dept. data if the House Judiciary Committee has its way.
Homeland security is a very big job - encompassing everything from border control to cybersecurity to staving off nuclear attacks - and it can't be done without better reliance on technology and better coordination between the federal government and state and local officials and law enforcement, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a speech last week.