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Homeland Security misses reporting deadlines

The Homeland Security Department has missed deadlines set by the House Appropriations Committee to assess the cost, scope and timetable for technology-related projects, according to committee aides. The deadlines are part of the legislation that would fund the department in fiscal 2004. A division of Homeland Security in charge of assessing threats to the nation’s infrastructure missed two deadlines last month set by the panel: an Aug. 1 deadline for a report on special authority that the division needs to hire additional intellectual and cybersecurity analysts and an Aug. 30 deadline to report on the current number of analysts the unit employs. The department also missed an Aug. 15 deadline on security standards for containers that store classified information and materials, and failed to report by Sept. 1 on the cost and scope of protecting intellectual property rights related to pirated or counterfeit products used to fund terrorist groups. Full Story

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