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FCW : May 15, 2013
4 May 15, 2013 FCW.COM Technology is at the forefront of an ambitious plan to overhaul the nation s immigration laws. Modernized IT, shared federal spectrum and drone surveillance are all part of a massive legisla- tive package released April 17 by a bipartisan group of eight senators, including rising star Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Moderniza- tion Act of 2013, which has been under discussion for months, provides a path to citizenship for undocument- ed immigrants and a version of the Dream Act that offers legal sta- tus to certain young people who were brought to the United States as minors. It also expands immigration oppor- tunities for professionals with back- grounds in science, technology and engineering, and it steps up border enforcement. The Department of Homeland Secu- Immigration bill has implications for agency IT FCW CALENDAR Drupal The 2013 North American DrupalCon will gather developers, vendors and users of the open-source content management system that powers many agency websites. EPA.gov will be among the featured case studies. Portland, Ore. http://is.gd/anuvec Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a key sponsor of sweeping immigration reform legislation that relies heavily on IT. Change management The 2013 Management of Change conference will focus on industry/ government collaboration. Speakers include U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel, Commerce CIO Simon Szykman and DHS Deputy CIO Margie Graves. Cambridge, Md. http://is.gd/cibimo 5/19-21 of public-sector organizations are using agile development, a Red Hat survey found 70% Trending rity would have to deploy some new technology to support the law s many provisions. Perhaps most ambitious, the legislation calls for the expansion of the E-Ver- ify system into a photo- matching tool connected to a database maintained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services --- a kind of Facebook of docu- mented immigrants. Furthermore, employ- ers would be responsible for ensuring that their workers identification documents have not been falsi ed, and the formerly voluntary program would become mandatory in 10 years. Privacy advocates are concerned about the reach and breadth of the proposed changes. "The merger of E-Verify and state Department of Motor Vehicle information would create a giant photo database of everyone in America," wrote Chris Calabrese, leg- islative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, in a recent blog post. "That database would potentially be available anywhere there is access to the Internet." Stepping up border enforcement, particularly along the border with Mexico, would include 24-hour drone surveillance under the plan. The Border Patrol would be tasked with deploying video surveillance systems and unmanned aerial vehicles on con- tinuous over ight of the U.S./Mexico border. The legislation speci es that the Border Patrol have trained staff to operate the drones and that the drones be unarmed. In emergency situations, federal spectrum would be shared with law enforcement in the Southwest so that state, local and tribal agencies could communicate with colleagues at DHS and the Justice and Interior departments. The Justice Department would give grants to state and local law enforcement agencies near the border to acquire multiband digital radios that can operate across jurisdictional lines. --- Adam Mazmanian 5/20-24 FOSE Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel and VA's Jan Frye are among the dozens of government speakers at 1105 Media's signature technology event. Washington, D.C. http://fose.com 5/14-16 J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE
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