California Issues Policy on Telework, Remote Access for State Employees

The Office of the State Chief Information Officer (OCIO) today released Information Policy Letter http://www.cio.ca.gov/Government/IT_Policy/ITPL.html for state agencies to implement secure, robust telework and remote access arrangements for state employees.

The need to implement telework and remote access solutions is becoming increasingly important. In addition to the traditional benefits of reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and increased employee productivity and job satisfaction; today’s business drivers include disaster and pandemic preparedness planning.  However, the cybersecurity risks and incidents associated with unmanaged use of remote access and telework arrangements can be costly and impact the ability to deliver essential public services.

Schwarzenegger Seeks to Consolidate Furlough Cases

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration on Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/DOC001.PDF related to the governor’s furlough authority, including a recent Alameda Superior Court decision on “special fund” workers that is under appeal.

Four of the cases are at the Third District Court of Appeal, while three are at the First District Court of Appeal. The administration stated in its Tuesday petition that the California Supreme Court should consolidate the cases because lower courts have issued conflicting opinions on the extent of Schwarzenegger’s furlough authority.

Border Patrol in Rio Grande Valley Nets 12 Tons of Marijuana in Week

Edinburg, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $20 million worth of marijuana during the past seven days.

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Falfurrias agents seized 168 bundles of marijuana totaling 3,263 pounds and valued at $2,610,400 from a vehicle.
Falfurrias agents seized 168 bundles of marijuana totaling 3,263 pounds and valued at $2,610,400 from a vehicle.

Agents in Texas Seize Marijuana Backpacks in 2 Unrelated Incidents

Del Rio, Texas – Eagle Pass Border Patrol agents made two drug seizures totaling more than 170 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of approximately $137,000.

Thursday evening Border Patrol agents encountered three subjects as they were walking from the Rio Grande River toward an area south of Eagle Pass. Two of the three subjects were carrying large green military-style duffle bags on their backs. When the subjects were confronted by the agents, they dropped the bags and ran back across the river into Mexico. Agents recovered two bags containing more than 132 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of approximately $105,000. The narcotics were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.