State and Local


Bills would kill DHS satellite surveillance office

A senior House Democrat has introduced legislation to eliminate a DHS-run program to make intelligence and military satellite imagery more available to civilian agencies for domestic purposes.

Serrao: Web 2.0 works better for connecting people than assessing threats

Are new social-networking tools suitable for law enforcement?

$300M in transit grants to aid in homeland security projects

DHS announced $300 million in economic stimulus law funding is available for eligible port security and mass transit projects.

Feds to give states $250M for education data

States will get the $250 million for student data systems under the economic stimulus law.

Standard updated for reporting suspicious activity

The government has updated its standard for reporting suspicious activity that could be linked to terrorism to deal with issues raised by civil liberties groups and police.

Information-sharing platform hacked

A DHS official confirmed that the department's platform for sharing sensitive but unclassified information with partner organizations was recently hacked.

Hacker demands $10M ransom for data

The FBI and state authorities are investigating a case in which a hacker wants $10 million for the return of sensitive information, according to media reports.

GSA schedules might get state, local business

Two new House bills would open the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedules contracts to state and local governments.

Flu funding could go to states

Some of the $1.5 billion that the Obama administration has requested to fight the H1N1 virus – the cause of the swine flu outbreak — could go to state public health disease tracking and monitoring programs.

Firm provides swine flu updates to agencies

A private firm is providing updates on the swine flu outbreak in Mexico to U.S. health agencies and the public.

Survey: IT high on wish list for new money

State and local public safety agencies want to use new federal money to help fund technology projects, according to a new survey.

City Web sites track new federal money

Several cities have established Web sites to track the $50 billion in economic stimulus spending cities will get.