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Dibya Sarkar


STARRS guides emergency teams

8 Midwestern communities collaborate to build common emergency medical response system.

IT Modernization

Democrats used good data to win midterms

Party scrapped worn-out computers and old voter files for newer technology.

Workforce planning without the guesswork

Learning management systems help states and counties analyze their workforce data.

Web extra: Readiness, set, go

Police, first responders log on for e-learning.


Web portal could help manage ecosystems will help natural resource managers better understand the relationship between people and the environment.


Interagency Web site to manage natural resources

NOAA officials are leading the effort to develop a Web portal that will provide information about how people’s behavior and actions affect environments.


Commerce document-tracking system goes live

The new Web-based system will enable the department to internally draft, track and manage regulatory documents more efficiently.

Va. to track sex offender e-mail addresses, IM names

Under the proposal, social networking Web sites would be able to block or ban sex offenders' contact information.

FBI needs to step back before moving forward, IG says

Although the FBI is working to establish a fingerprint system with DHS, it needs to regroup following a failed effort to modernize a system that manages evidence, DOJ's IG said.


E-democracy advocate named Ashoka Fellow

Steven Clift says the fellowship will enable him to dedicate himself full-time to, which provides an online venue for discussing local and national issues.


States told to expect Real ID draft regs by end of the year

The Homeland Security Department will issue draft regulations by the end of the year to specify how states should implement mandatory federal standards for driver’s licenses.


Real ID comes with privacy pitfalls

Privacy advocates are concerned that the Real ID Act does not contain any provisions mentioning data protection.


Real ID draft regs due by year's end

State officials say they are already working to comply with the federal mandate but are concerned about the May 2008 deadline.


Pointer system could speed Real ID info sharing

Given the May 2008 deadline, the best option is to adapt existing technology to help state DMVs share data, an advisory group decided.


State to issue notice on passport cards

The intent is to create wallet-sized, secure People Access Security Services cards that would include radio frequency vicinity-read technology, a State official said.


Social Security Administration ahead of HSPD-12 deadline

The agency is the first to issue new secure ID cards to employees and contractors.


EU building info systems to help secure borders

The existing system is outdated and cannot meet the demands placed on it.


4 technology groups worth joining

Associations can offer feds professional and technical development


Law enforcement agencies explore semantics

Technology could help in collection and analysis of data.


DHS wants to expand US-VISIT

The proposed expansion would include lawful permanent residents, some immigrants, people seeking asylum and some Canadians.