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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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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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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: December 23, 2004
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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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: December 23, 2004
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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Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Date: December 20, 2004
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 transmission infrastructure.
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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: December 15, 2004
Creator: Platt, Suzy
Description: This guide to finding information in libraries and on the Internet has been prepared for constituents who want to learn more about topics that interest them. It 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. It also suggests guides on how to search, including one for kids.
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Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Port and Maritime Security: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: December 15, 2004
Creator: Frittelli, John F
Description: None
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Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Date: December 10, 2004
Creator: Jackson, William D
Description: None
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Port and Maritime Security: Potential for Terrorist Nuclear Attack Using Oil Tankers

Port and Maritime Security: Potential for Terrorist Nuclear Attack Using Oil Tankers

Date: December 7, 2004
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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Guarding America: Security Guards and U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

Guarding America: Security Guards and U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

Date: November 12, 2004
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: October 20, 2004
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets: Definition and Identification

Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets: Definition and Identification

Date: October 1, 2004
Creator: Moteff, John D & Parfomak, Paul W
Description: This report reviews the concept and definition of “critical infrastructure” as it has appeared in federal reports, legislation and regulation since the early 1980s. The report highlights the changes and expansion of that definition as the focus of public policy debates shifted from infrastructure adequacy to infrastructure protection. Finally the report summarizes current policy issues associated with critical infrastructure identification by federal agencies and the private sector. The report is intentionally limited to definitional issues and categorization of infrastructure.
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Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection: Assessing, Integrating, and Managing Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection: Assessing, Integrating, and Managing Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

Date: September 2, 2004
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Date: July 15, 2004
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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Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: June 15, 2004
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Evaluation and Implementation Issues

21st Century Community Learning Centers: Evaluation and Implementation Issues

Date: December 16, 2003
Creator: McCallion, Gail
Description: The 21st CCLC program was originally authorized as Part I of Title X, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended. This program was reauthorized as part of the reauthorization of the ESEA by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, P.L. 107-110, and was signed into law on January 8, 2002. This report discusses implementation of the reauthorized 21st CCLC program, and the recent evaluation of the program and its implications.
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Maritime Security: Overview of Issues

Maritime Security: Overview of Issues

Date: December 5, 2003
Creator: Frittelli, John F
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: December 5, 2003
Creator: Frittelli, John F
Description: None
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Computer Attack and Cyber Terrorism: Vulnerabilities and Policy Issues for Congress

Computer Attack and Cyber Terrorism: Vulnerabilities and Policy Issues for Congress

Date: October 17, 2003
Creator: Wilson, Clay
Description: This report presents a working definition for the term “cyber terrorism”, plus background information describing how current technology and management processes may leave computers exposed to cyber-attack, and a discussion of possible effects of a cyber-attack. Potential issues for Congress are presented in the second section, including: whether appropriate guidance exists for a DOD information warfare response to a cyber-attack; whether the need to detect possible cyber terrorist activity interferes with individual privacy; whether the roles and responsibilities for protecting against a possible cyber terrorist attack need more clarity for government, industry, and home users; and, whether information sharing on cyber threats and vulnerabilities must be further increased between private industry and the federal government. The final section describes possible policy options for improving protection against threats from possible cyber terrorism.
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Airport Improvement Program

Airport Improvement Program

Date: October 14, 2003
Creator: Kirk, Robert S
Description: This issue brief discusses the Airport Improvement Program and its complement, the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). After a brief history of federal support for airport construction and improvement, the report describes AIP funding, its source of revenues, funding distribution, the types of projects the program funds, AIP and PFC policy issues, and the allowable use of AIP funds for airport security purposes.
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Airport Improvement Program

Airport Improvement Program

Date: September 26, 2003
Creator: Kirk, Robert S
Description: This issue brief discusses the Airport Improvement Program and its complement, the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). After a brief history of federal support for airport construction and improvement, the report describes AIP funding, its source of revenues, funding distribution, the types of projects the program funds, AIP and PFC policy issues, and the allowable use of AIP funds for airport security purposes.
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Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation

Date: September 25, 2003
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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Western Water Resource Issues

Western Water Resource Issues

Date: September 12, 2003
Creator: Cody, Betsy A & Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Date: September 5, 2003
Creator: Jackson, William D
Description: None
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