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Official urges strengthening of anti-terrorism strategies

As the Bush administration implements strategies to fight terrorism, it must strengthen plans that address cybersecurity, data collection and other fields, a government official told lawmakers on Tuesday. “We’re moving to the implementation stage, and strategies need to be firmed up,” said Randall Yim, managing director of homeland security and justice issues for the General Accounting Office (GAO). Yim testified before the House Government Reform National Security subcommittee about a recent GAO report on the seven national strategies the administration issued after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While he noted that Congress has passed several mandates and President Bush has better defined strategies with recent presidential directives, Yim said “much more needs to be done.” He said Congress should consider moving legislation to mandate milestones for the different strategies. Full Story

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