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Yes, the Government Still Uses Floppy Disks

As technology marches forward, the federal government not only cannot keep up, it also remains mired in the past, despite spending more than $80 billion annually on information technology (IT).  A May 25, 2016, Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on legacy systems in the federal government found that agencies are using decades-old technology that includes floppy disks and nearly obsolete computer languages.

FCC Comments on Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services

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In the Matter of
 
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CAGW Releases May 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 12, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its May WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its May edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Spectrum Auction Moves Forward

A November 10, 2015 report from Gartner noted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will reach 6.4 billion devices in 2016.  By 2020, that number will potentially reach 20.8 billion devices, all of which will need access to spectrum in order to function.  However, spectrum is already limited in availability due to the use of mobile technology, digital goods, and mobile Internet.

CCAGW Applauds House Passage of H.R. 699 – Email Privacy Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 27, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, by a unanimous vote of 419-0.

Digital Creativity on World IP Day

As the theme for World IP Day 2016 is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined,” it is a good time to remind everyone who loves music, particularly those who access songs online, that the royalty structure in the United States is out of balance with today’s distribution methods.

Don Quixote Alive and Well at the FCC

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be taking a “shoot from the hip” approach to regulating, and currently has its sights set on abrogating intellectual property (IP) rights.

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CAGW Names Rep. Bennie Thompson June 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Thompson is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to create taxpayer-funded dorms for members of Congress.