PRIMA RiskWatch
April 8, 2010

Election ballots must be postmarked by April 23
By now, all voting members of PRIMA should have received their 2010 election ballot by mail. Please take a moment to complete the ballot and return it in the postage paid envelope provided. Ballots must be postmarked by April 23. If you are a government member of PRIMA and have not received your ballot, contact Jessica Konrath, membership manager, at

FBI arrests man for threatening Pelosi
The Associated Press via Google News
The FBI arrested a northern California man for allegedly making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over health care reform, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. Charges against the man have yet to be disclosed, but they are expected to be filed in federal court in California.More

Mass transportation security mess: Report details chilling inefficiencies
ABC News
As the Obama administration announced new security measures for U.S.-bound flights, a new study of the nation's ground transportation system shows some alarming vulnerabilities. The administration's report paints a gloomy picture of the nation's ground transportation system — trains, highways, subways, and reached the unnerving conclusion that security among the various agencies, government bodies and transportation systems is "inefficient" and "poorly coordinated."More

New law could force schools to allow guns on campus
Security Director News
A bill that passed the Kansas House of Representatives on March 24, would allow individuals with a conceal-carry license to bring firearms on college campuses, despite being opposed by school administrators. House Bill 2685, which passed 65 to 57 and is currently before the Senate, would force schools to allow guns on campus unless there were "adequate security measures to ensure that no weapons are permitted to be carried into or on such premises or facilities," according to the bill language.More

Screening for jailed immigrants criticized
The Houston Chronicle
A federal program to screen for illegal immigrants in local jails lacks oversight and is not targeting the most serious offenders, according to a highly critical U.S. Department of Homeland Security report. The report by the DHS Inspector General's Office also concluded that 287(g) does not adequately collect data to address civil rights violations and was inconsistently enforced in various jurisdictions. The investigation found that some law enforcement agencies are not following the program's requirements, including identifying and removing illegal immigrants "who pose a threat to public safety or a danger to the community."More

Moscow subway attack: Five ways to make mass transit safer
The Christian Science Monitor
Mass-transit systems across the world responded to the Moscow subway attack by heightening security. But such knee-jerk reactions only expose the weakness of subway security, experts say. Security on mass-transit systems should be a daily priority, like in airports, they add, suggesting that subway stations do not have to be soft terrorist targets.More

New airport security measures
Since the Christmas Day bombing attempt, travelers flying into the U.S. from 14 different countries automatically had to go through more intensive security screenings including full body pat downs. The government recently made more airport security changes you may want to be aware of during this busy spring break travel time.More

Snowstorms cost big bucks, group says
The blizzards that battered the Northeast and mid-Atlantic in February likely cost states hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new report from the American Highway Users Alliance. The alliance is a nonprofit group that, among other things, urges state and local governments to set aside more money in their annual budgets for snow removal.More

Auditorium alcohol request on hold pending liquor liability legal research
McCook Daily Gazette
A request to use the city auditorium for a wedding reception serving alcohol was put on hold by the McCook City Council in Nebraska at the regular meeting. By a unanimous vote, with Mayor Dennis Berry absent, the council voted to take up the item at the next council meeting April 19, so liquor liability issues could be cleared up.More