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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2005
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Date: December 21, 2005
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W
Description: None
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Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Date: February 4, 2005
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: This report provides a description of initiatives within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense to protect the physical electrical utility infrastructure from outages caused by a range of activities including system operator errors, weather-related damage, and terrorist attacks. While the electric utility industry has primary responsibility, federal and state government agencies also have been addressing physical security concerns.
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Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: May 27, 2005
Creator: Frittelli, John F
Description: None
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Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Date: January 5, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia & Cody, Betsy A
Description: None
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Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector

Date: April 25, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia & Cody, Betsy A
Description: None
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Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: May 10, 2005
Creator: Frittelli, John F
Description: None
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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: June 10, 2005
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: The electric utility industry is inherently capital intensive. At the same time, the industry must operate under a changing and sometimes unpredictable regulatory system at both the federal and state level. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has set in place government activities intended to relieve congestion on the transmission system. Several factors have contributed to the lack of new transmission capacity; these are outlined within this report. This report also discusses earlier pieces of energy legislation.
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Aging Infrastructure: Dam Safety

Aging Infrastructure: Dam Safety

Date: September 29, 2005
Creator: Powers, Kyna
Description: To help inform discussions on the federal role in dam safety, this report provides background information on the nation’s dam safety activities and funding mechanisms.
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How to Find Information in a Library and on the Internet

How to Find Information in a Library and on the Internet

Date: January 24, 2005
Creator: Platt, Suzy
Description: This report includes background directories, current information, reference books, and websites for government, politics, legislation, and other sources. It lists a number of Internet search engines, which can be used at many public libraries and also suggests guides on how to search, including one for kids.
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Protecting New Orleans: From Hurricane Barriers to Floodwalls

Protecting New Orleans: From Hurricane Barriers to Floodwalls

Date: December 13, 2005
Creator: Carter, Nicole T
Description: None
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Federal Disaster and Emergency Assistance for Water Infrastructure Facilities and Supplies

Federal Disaster and Emergency Assistance for Water Infrastructure Facilities and Supplies

Date: September 9, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia; Tiemann, Mary & Carter, Nicole T
Description: None
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Anthrax-Contaminated Facilities: Preparations and a Standard for Remediation

Anthrax-Contaminated Facilities: Preparations and a Standard for Remediation

Date: December 16, 2005
Creator: Simpson, Michael M
Description: This report provides background information on the 2001 anthrax incidents and federal preparedness plans, but it focuses primarily on preparations for future remediations and considerations for setting a remediation standard.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act: Legislation Concerning Notification Prior to Initiating Legal Action

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Legislation Concerning Notification Prior to Initiating Legal Action

Date: October 12, 2005
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides broad nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, and public accommodation and services operated by private entities. Since the 106th Congress, legislation has been introduced to require plaintiffs to provide notice to the defendant prior to filing a complaint regarding public accommodations. In the 109th Congress, H.R. 2804 was introduced by Representative Foley to amend title III of the ADA to require notification.
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Ports in Louisiana: New Orleans, South Louisiana, and Baton Rouge

Ports in Louisiana: New Orleans, South Louisiana, and Baton Rouge

Date: October 14, 2005
Creator: Cieslak, Vanessa
Description: None
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Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

Date: January 24, 2005
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: January 24, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: December 9, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Community Development Block Grant Funds in Disaster Relief and Recovery

Community Development Block Grant Funds in Disaster Relief and Recovery

Date: October 19, 2005
Creator: Boyd, Eugene
Description: In the aftermath of previous, presidentially-declared disasters, Congress has used the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help states and local governments finance recovery efforts, whether from natural or man-made disasters. This report will provide a general overview of the CDBG program and its use in disaster relief.
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Hurricane-Damaged Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities: Impacts, Needs, and Response

Hurricane-Damaged Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities: Impacts, Needs, and Response

Date: September 29, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Date: July 12, 2005
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: The nation’s health, wealth, and security rely on the production and distribution of certain goods and services. The array of physical assets, processes and organizations across which these goods and services move are called critical infrastructures (e.g. electricity, the power plants that generate it, and the electric grid upon which it is distributed). Computers and communications, themselves critical infrastructures, are increasingly tying these infrastructures together. This report aims to address the concern that this reliance on computers and computer networks raises the vulnerability of the nation’s critical infrastructures to “cyber” attacks.
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Computer Attack and Cyberterrorism: Vulnerabilities and Policy Issues for Congress

Computer Attack and Cyberterrorism: Vulnerabilities and Policy Issues for Congress

Date: April 1, 2005
Creator: Wilson, Clay
Description: This report provides background information for three types of attacks against computers (cyber-attack, physical attack, and electromagnetic attack), and discusses related vulnerabilities for each type of attack. The report also describes the possible effects of a coordinated cyberattack, or computer network attack (CNA), against U.S. infrastructure computers, along with possible technical capabilities of international terrorists.
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Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Date: February 17, 2005
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: The nation’s health, wealth, and security rely on the production and distribution of certain goods and services. The array of physical assets, processes and organizations across which these goods and services move are called critical infrastructures (e.g. electricity, the power plants that generate it, and the electric grid upon which it is distributed). Computers and communications, themselves critical infrastructures, are increasingly tying these infrastructures together. This report aims to address the concern that this reliance on computers and computer networks raises the vulnerability of the nation’s critical infrastructures to “cyber” attacks.
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An Overview of the U.S. Public Health System in the Context of Emergency Preparedness

An Overview of the U.S. Public Health System in the Context of Emergency Preparedness

Date: March 17, 2005
Creator: Lister, Sarah A
Description: None
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