The Business Software Alliance on July 8 presented Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) with its Cyber Champion Award for his commitment to policies that promote a safe and legal online world.
Smith is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee and the author of the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, legislation that would strengthen the federal penalties for those convicted of launching cyber attacks against businesses and governments. Smith also was a co-sponsor of the Security and Freedom through Encryption Act, legislation that was instrumental in convincing the Clinton Administration to lift outdated controls on the strong encryption technologies used to secure the nation's networks.
Robert Chiaradio, formerly executive assistant director for administration at the FBI, was named managing director and lead adviser on homeland security for KPMG Consulting Inc., the company announced July 8.
At the bureau, Chiaradio's expertise was in the areas of information technology and information management. He was influential in the development of the Virtual Case File, which aims to radically improve the FBI's ability to manage investigative files and improve its knowledge management capabilities.
KPMG Consulting has been working closely with federal, state and local governments following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The company is working with the Transportation Security Administration to implement new security operations, and the company's smart card team is working with the Defense Department on an effort to add a biometric identifier to the Common Access Card.
Aurene Martin has been confirmed as the Interior Department's deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. She had been acting deputy assistant secretary since May 28.
Martin, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, came to Interior in October 2001 as counselor to Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb.
Before joining the Interior Department, Martin served as Republican senior counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs since January 1999, where she covered Indian health care, gaming and self-determination issues and appropriations. From October 1998 to January 1999, she was director of congressional and public affairs for the National Indian Gaming Commission.
The Transportation Department last week announced federal security directors at the following airports:
* Marcus Arroyo, Newark [N.J.] International Airport: Arroyo most recently served as the operations manager for the Federal Aviation Administration's Security Integrated Product Team.
* Richard Baker, Ontario [Calif.] International Airport: Baker served more than 20 years in the FBI. As the special agent in charge in the Oklahoma City division, he was the on-scene commander during the preliminary hours after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building and established, organized and supervised investigations at the command post.
* Paul Crispi, Long Island [N.Y.] MacArthur Airport: Crispi most recently worked as the manager of dangerous goods and cargo security for the FAA Eastern Region, Civil Aviation Security Division in New York. Crispi directs the federal response to all hazardous material incidents throughout the eastern region.
* G. Robert Dyer, Portland [Maine] International Jetport: Dyer has worked for the FAA for more than 10 years, most recently as the supervisor of the Civil Aviation Security Field Office, responsible for regulating airports and air carriers throughout New England.
* Steve Earnest, Pensacola [Fla.] Regional Airport: Earnest served more than 17 years in civil aviation security for the FAA and most recently was the manager for the Transportation Security Administration's Southwest Region Air Security Branch.
* Manolito Garabato, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport [N.C.]: Garabato retired from the Army this year after more than 20 years in uniform. His last assignment was as chief of the Security, Antiterrorism, Force Protection and Law Enforcement Division of the Army Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate.
* Paul Hackenberry, Jacksonville [Fla.] International Airport: Hackenberry served the in the Secret Service for almost 30 years before becoming the associate director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
* Sidney Hayakawa, Honolulu International Airport: Hayakawa recently left the Hawaii Department of Public Safety where he served as deputy director of law enforcement since 1999.
* Ronald Juhl, Raleigh-Durham [N.C.] International Airport: Juhl retired from the Air Force this year after serving more than 30 years. Most recently, Juhl commanded the 347th Support Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. His responsibilities included management of security forces, fire and disaster response, personnel actions environmental compliance and communications systems.
* Michael Scott, Austin-Bergstrom [Texas] International Airport: Scott has worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety for almost 30 years. Since 1993, he has served as the chief of the Criminal Law Enforcement Division.
* David Stone, Los Angeles International Airport: Stone is a former Navy admiral. His last assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the director of environmental protection, safety and occupational health.
* Dick Suekawa, Indianapolis International Airport: Suekawa has served with the Secret Service for more than 25 years, most recently as the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Field Office where his work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies has proven effective in gaining support and assistance from the community.
* Joseph Terrell, Wilmington [N.C.] International Airport: Terrell most recently served with the Transportation Security Administration's internal security operations staff. Prior to that, he served in the FAA's civil aviation security international field office in Brussels, Belgium.
* Michael Young, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: Young is the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Field Office in Cleveland.
The position of federal security director was created under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, signed by President Bush in November 2001. The new directors will provide a clear line of authority for security at the nation's airports.