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Morning Roundup - June 23rd

Tuesday, June 23rd Morning Roundup - Featured News and Public Events

From the Associated Press, on Administrator Fugate's roundtable in Denver:

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency visited Denver Monday to help kick off President Barack Obama's campaign to promote public service.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (FEW'-gate) met with firefighters and other emergency workers at Fire Station 8. He said the emergency responders he spoke with are inspiring because "you forget a lot of them are coaching Little League" and helping in other ways.

"They're one of the busiest fire stations in the state," Fugate said of Station 8. "People sometimes have the tendency to see them as just firefighters, but they are working and doing a lot of stuff on their off duty hours."

Fugate began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter before becoming emergency manager in his Florida county for 10 years. He became Florida's state director of emergency management in 2001. He said he was inspired by the extra community work the emergency workers do.

"Sometimes it's simple things," he said, "being able to read to a child or helping a student with their homework."

He said Obama's campaign, called United We Serve, goes back to the president's early days of community service, when he took action and didn't assume someone else would.

From the Orlando Sentinel, on funding for baggage screening upgrades at the Orlando International Airport:

Orlando International Airport will receive $15 million to finish overhauling its checked-bag screening systems to make them quicker, more secure and simpler for passengers.

With the money, a federal grant presented Monday by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority can finish its four-year, $178 million program of replacing free-standing TransportationSecurity Administration baggage-inspection stations with machines that can screen bags placed on conveyors at ticket counters.

The airport has installed three such systems, serving most of its airlines. Monday's check will pay for the final two, mostly for AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines.

"What it means is a more secure, more efficient and higher-tech way to screen passenger-checked bags," Napolitano said. "What it means for the traveler is you will no longer have to walk your bag to the screening location."


From the LA Times, on the suspension of the Clear Program:

A major vendor that fast-tracks fliers through airport security for an annual fee of $199 will end operations tonight, according to its website and a former employee, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers in the lurch.

The website of the so-called Clear program, launched by New York-based Verified Identity Pass Inc. four years ago, today carried this message: "At 11:00 p.m. PST on June 22, 2009, Clear will cease operations. Clear's parent company, Verified Identity Pass, Inc. has been unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor to continue operations."

No one answered the company's phone this evening, which simply carried the recorded message, "You've reached Clear Registered Traveler." But in a phone interview, Cindy Rosenthal, former vice president of media relations for the Clear program, confirmed that it is shutting down.


Leadership Events
9:30 AM EDT
Secretary Napolitano will deliver remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Conference
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
Third Floor Ballroom
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Public Events
8:30 AM EDT
The Privacy Office will host a Government 2.0: Privacy and Best Practices Workshop
The Washington Court Hotel Atrium Ballroom
525 New Jersey Avenue
Washington, D.C.

10:30 AM EDT
Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Chief Technology Officer Peter Fonash will participate in a panel discussion at the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) American Council for Technology (ACT) Executive Session.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, Va.

10:00 AM CDT
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Public Affairs Manager Jon Allen will participate in a media availability about the instillation of CT-80 EDS equipment
Alexandria International Airport
1611 Arnold Drive
Alexandria, La.
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