Here's another BIG e-government project in the making. Maybe we could also put RFIDs on people connected to onboard diagnostics and tracking systems so that you could know whenever anyone with an infectious disease is in your vicinity or approaching you and take evasive action.
Seriously, this national cattle tracking idea appears to be full speed ahead:
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said yesterday the agency would speed up implementation of a national plan to track diseased livestock within 48 hours of an outbreak.
Veneman said. “I have asked USDA’s Chief Information Officer to expedite the development of the technology architecture to implement this system."
Computerworld points to four national cattle ID systems as models that may be ahead of the US:
Brazil will be moving to the use of RFIDs to track its cattle population (162 million head).