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They Still Don’t Care

Proving that the US government is no more effective than the Iraqi government: Government agencies lacking ID protections

WASHINGTON – Nearly two years after an embarrassing flap in which veterans’ personal information was put at risk of identity theft, federal agencies are still not doing all they can to prevent further lapses, investigators have found.

Most of the two dozen federal agencies examined by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, have not implemented five federal recommendations aimed at protecting personal information. Only two agencies — the Treasury and Transportation departments — met each of those recommendations while two others — the Small Business Administration and the National Science Foundation — met none of them.

The other 18 agencies met the recommendations to varying degrees.

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February 22, 2008   Comments Off

New Stuff for EBay

The BBC reports on the newest example of corporate welfare: US-Mexico ‘virtual fence’ ready

A high-technology system to control the US-Mexico border with cameras and radar instead of a physical fence has gained government approval, US officials say.

The $20m ‘virtual fence’ already covers 28 miles (48km) of the border between Arizona state and Mexico.

The system has already helped catch smugglers, and would be deployed elsewhere, said US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

But he said plans to complete 770 miles (1,130km) of physical fence remain.

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February 22, 2008   5 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Fastest Blink in the South

Friday Cat Blogging

Not quick enough, Flashboy.

[Editor: Property joins the conspiracy.]

Friday Ark

February 22, 2008   8 Comments