From 4 October 2011: Members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan testified on the findings in their final report which noted that between $30 and $60 billion had been lost due to waste, fraud and abuse. They also recommended appointing a special inspector general to oversee wartime contracting.
From C-SPAN, July 13, 2011 Government Accountability Office and the Transportation Security Administration officials, the former security director of Tel-Aviv International Airport, and a canine unit inspector of the Amtrak Police Department, and others testified at a hearing on the issues associated with the government’s efforts to ensure that airport perimeters are properly secured from internal and external threats.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Janet Napolitano gave the first annual State of America’s Homeland Security address on 27 January 2011. In the speech, Napolitano spoke about the end of the useless color coded alert system. She also speaks of the much criticized “see something say something” campaign and the expansion of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative. It remains to be seen whether either schemes will help protect privacy or strip it further. You can read the transcript at C-SPAN.
Over the next four weeks, The Communicators will take an in-depth look into telecommunications policy and efforts to ensure consumer privacy. Kicking off the series is David Vladeck, the director of the Consumer Protection Bureau at the Federal Trade Commission. He explains how proposed legislation in Congress could change the FTC’s current role in protecting online privacy. The Communicators.