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President Bush appoints new FCC chief

March 16, 2005 President Bush on Wednesday appointed Kevin Martin as chairman of the FCC and successor to Michael Powell, who became a lightning rod for controversy on some telecommunications and media issues. The boyish-looking Martin, 38, has been serving as a Republican commissioner at the agency since 2001. He was deputy general...

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Appropriators criticize funding plan for science agency

February 17, 2005 Two powerful senators on Thursday urged President Bush to increase funding for the National Science Foundation, saying his fiscal 2006 funding proposal would make it difficult for the agency to fulfill its mission. Missouri Republican Christopher (Kit) Bond, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over NSF, and ranking...

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GAO chief calls for effort to rethink federal priorities

February 16, 2005 The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday released a report calling for a comprehensive re-evaluation of federal spending, including fresh approaches to utilizing technology and boosting the nation's return on its research investments. The report (GAO-05-325SP) was released at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on transforming government....

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Government, privacy advocates debate data techniques

September 30, 2004 The tension between privacy advocates and government officials over the collection of data for homeland security was on full display at a privacy forum Thursday, where critics raised concerns about some of the latest measures for screening out terrorists. "I would much prefer focusing on the physical security ... than...

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Senators say data-sharing transformation must continue

September 8, 2004 With the third anniversary of the 2001 attacks just three days away, two influential lawmakers on Wednesday cited progress toward sharing intelligence information within government but said more cooperation is needed to protect Americans. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and the panel's ranking Democrat, Joseph Lieberman of...

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Lawmaker calls for quicker communications upgrades

July 20, 2004 The head of a House panel on national security on Tuesday said federal and state officials are moving too slowly to ensure that "first responders" to emergencies have communications systems that enable them to talk to each other. "I think the Department of Homeland Security has to exert authority," said...