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The Proof is in the Metrics

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the House Oversight and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing on “Data Centers and Cloud Computing:  Is the Government Optimizing New Information Technologies to Save Taxpayer Dollars?”

ECPA Reform Moves Forward

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) applauds approval by voice vote today of S. 607, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Spectrum Auction Winners or Losers

The federal government is once again picking winners and losers.

DOD and VA Stumble Over Interoperability

The private sector was mandated by the HITECH Act to use an Electronic Health Records Systems (EHRs) that has the electronic capability to exchange key clinical information with other healthcare providers.

Congress Requests GAO Investigation into Broadband Overbuild

On February 13, 2013, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on the broadband stimulus programs managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Time to Act on IG Recommendations

The House and Senate (after four years) Budget Committees will mark up the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget resolution next week.

Congress Sets Its Eyes on IT Acquisition Reform

On February 27, 2013, the House Committee on Government Reform held its second hearing on information technology (IT) acquisition reform.

Prime Cuts 2013

On the eve of sequestration, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released Prime Cuts 2013, our annual comprehensive list of spending cuts.

It Isn’t 1996 Anymore

The year was 1996.  Bill Clinton was in the White House; scientists reported that there might be life on Mars; Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born; the T.V. hospital show E.R. topped the Neilsen’s ratings long before the “McDreamies” and “McSteamies” of the world entered onto the scene; the Simpsons became the longest running prime-time animated series; people were dancing to the Macarena; and on February 8, 1996, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted.

Police Chiefs Issue Guidance for Cloud Computing

On February 21, 2012, a Swineline blog post proposed that cloud computing is a viable option for law enforcement.

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