02 March 2005

Alert to Interior IG: PubSub is not reliable in providing information (703) 487-8057


Alert


  • PubSub may change the Earthquake Alert codes without adequately notifying those who have loaded the old codes.

  • PubSub needs to notify all URI-users when they change alert-codes [URI's] so that potential earthquake and Tsunami victims are given fair warning.

  • There needs to be independent testing of the PubSub alert system; with a back-up system should PubSub fail.


  • PubSub: Are they really ready to provide notifications for relief support?

    Last month PubSub announced it had developed an EarthQuake alert system.

    In the meantime, we have discovered that PubSub has both changed their URI codes on the site, but the codes do not reliably report content.

    Details

    1. PubSub is not reliable and BOB WYMAN's public statements should be checked. This blogspot outlines why there is a basis for concern, and why there is a veracity issue with WYMAN.

    2. There is a fundamental flaw in the assumptions about the PubSub warning system. The system now in place does nothing for those who are not connected electrically. There is more here.

    3. We have been hearing about market watchers putting pressure on bloggers to be quiet. It is a fraud indicator per Statement on Accounting Standard 99 SAS 99 for there to be aggressive management attitudes toward outside inspectors or auditors.

    4. PubSub is currently having integration issues in house; we have yet to understand whether these factors will affect their Monitor110 program or their support for the Earthquake alert system.

    Checklist for investigators: Going forward

    It remains to be understood whether PubSub has adequately notified users of the change in URIs needed for the system; or whether users know that old URIs issued may no longer be valid.

    If you work in the Geological Survey and are relying on PubSub for notifications, I encourage you to independently test the PubSub notification system periodically.

    This note outlines the problem I have been having with PubSub in returning information, and also identifies a flawed assumption in the earthquake warning system.

    US Attorney and Coordination with Inspector Generals

    Further, if you are in the DoI or DoD Inspector General's office, I encourage you to compare notes with the Securities and Exchange Commission and also the DoJ's Federal Trade Commission to review complaints about the PubSub monitoring system.

    If you are reading this notice and have additional information I encourage you to provide those contract details to:


    VA DOI IG office
    Eastern Region
    (703) 487-8057
    Paul D. Okerberg
    Special Agent in Charge


    and review the DOI whistleblower protection information.

    Program Manager

    Specifically, if you are a program manager overseeing notification upgrades within US Geological Survey, I highly encourage you to get in writing a certification from your System Engineering and Technical Analysis an appraisal of the PubSub system.

    That way, when President Bush asks you how things are going, or either President Clinton or President Bush [41] make a follow-up call through one of their staffers, you'll have the answer ready.

    It would be a shame that despite the advertised ability to warn people of an earthquake, that the very system people rely upon falls down.

    Auditors

    I would recommend the Defense Contract Management Agency [DCMA} office in the New York area be notified for a personal visit to the PubSub office for in-office visit and briefing. However, given their apparent problem with document retention prior to outside visits, I would recommend a second visit by DCMA supervisors from DC.


    Summary

    Make sure you know what the back-up system is should PubSub fail when it is most needed, or PubSub cannot get its platform working, or it has other integration issues.

    You may consider this a formal notification of no confidence in PubSub or the alert system proposed. I recommend there be tested a reliable, proven back-up system other than PubSub to be both in place, and independently checked by outside auditors not related to any financial investment banking institution in New York.

    Thank you for considering my remarks.

    Very respectfully,

    Mud



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    Alert


  • PubSub may change the Earthquake Alert codes without adequately notifying those who have loaded the old codes.

  • PubSub needs to notify all URI-users when they change alert-codes [URI's] so that potential earthquake and Tsunami victims are given fair warning.

  • There needs to be independent testing of the PubSub alert system; with a back-up system should PubSub fail.


  • PubSub: Are they really ready to provide notifications for relief support?

    Last month PubSub announced it had developed an EarthQuake alert system.

    In the meantime, we have discovered that PubSub has both changed their URI codes on the site, but the codes do not reliably report content.

    Details

    1. PubSub is not reliable and BOB WYMAN's public statements should be checked. This blogspot outlines why there is a basis for concern, and why there is a veracity issue with WYMAN.

    2. There is a fundamental flaw in the assumptions about the PubSub warning system. The system now in place does nothing for those who are not connected electrically. There is more here.

    3. We have been hearing about market watchers putting pressure on bloggers to be quiet. It is a fraud indicator per Statement on Accounting Standard 99 SAS 99 for there to be aggressive management attitudes toward outside inspectors or auditors.

    4. PubSub is currently having integration issues in house; we have yet to understand whether these factors will affect their Monitor110 program or their support for the Earthquake alert system.

    Checklist for investigators: Going forward

    It remains to be understood whether PubSub has adequately notified users of the change in URIs needed for the system; or whether users know that old URIs issued may no longer be valid.

    If you work in the Geological Survey and are relying on PubSub for notifications, I encourage you to independently test the PubSub notification system periodically.

    This note outlines the problem I have been having with PubSub in returning information, and also identifies a flawed assumption in the earthquake warning system.

    US Attorney and Coordination with Inspector Generals

    Further, if you are in the DoI or DoD Inspector General's office, I encourage you to compare notes with the Securities and Exchange Commission and also the DoJ's Federal Trade Commission to review complaints about the PubSub monitoring system.

    If you are reading this notice and have additional information I encourage you to provide those contract details to:


    VA DOI IG office
    Eastern Region
    (703) 487-8057
    Paul D. Okerberg
    Special Agent in Charge


    and review the DOI whistleblower protection information.

    Program Manager

    Specifically, if you are a program manager overseeing notification upgrades within US Geological Survey, I highly encourage you to get in writing a certification from your System Engineering and Technical Analysis an appraisal of the PubSub system.

    That way, when President Bush asks you how things are going, or either President Clinton or President Bush [41] make a follow-up call through one of their staffers, you'll have the answer ready.

    It would be a shame that despite the advertised ability to warn people of an earthquake, that the very system people rely upon falls down.

    Auditors

    I would recommend the Defense Contract Management Agency [DCMA} office in the New York area be notified for a personal visit to the PubSub office for in-office visit and briefing. However, given their apparent problem with document retention prior to outside visits, I would recommend a second visit by DCMA supervisors from DC.


    Summary

    Make sure you know what the back-up system is should PubSub fail when it is most needed, or PubSub cannot get its platform working, or it has other integration issues.

    You may consider this a formal notification of no confidence in PubSub or the alert system proposed. I recommend there be tested a reliable, proven back-up system other than PubSub to be both in place, and independently checked by outside auditors not related to any financial investment banking institution in New York.

    Thank you for considering my remarks.

    Very respectfully,

    Mud



    LEGAL NOTICE


    Creative Commons License

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    You may not copy any of this work to promote a commercial product on any site or medium in the universe.

    If you see this work posted on a commercial site, it violates the creative commons license; and the author does not endorse the commercial product.

    Free to use for non-commercial uses. Link to this original blogspot and cite as .
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