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Data mining sparks debate among lawmakers, administration

Lawmakers and administrators sparred over the use and treatment of government data mining at a hearing held by a House Government Reform subcommittee. Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., defended the use of data mining at a Tuesday hearing even as the White House Office of Management and Budget’s top information official rebuked a controversial project to screen airline passengers. Speaking of the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System (CAPPS II) under development, OMB Associate Director Mark Forman said, “CAPPS II was not approved by OMB to proceed on the pace they seem to want to proceed.” “I have a huge spotlight on that project. They are late in getting back the information that they need to proceed,” continued Forman, who oversees information technology and e-government. Full Story

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