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CAGW Releases February 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its February 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 February edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

AllVid Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

After imposing antiquated Title II regulations on the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to take the next step in regulating every aspect of telecommunications.  Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to mandate technical standards for set-top boxes that will ultimately hurt consumers by stifling innovation that is already moving towards eliminating the need for these boxes entirely.  Just as technology is being developed to send the set-top box the way of the dodo, the chairman and his supporters at the FCC are acting like a bunch of dodos and trying to keep them in homes across the country.

Spring Cleaning at the Federal Government

Like many people who have overstuffed closets, cupboards, and garages filled with items they don’t remember buying, never needed, and never used, the federal government has a large inventory of useless things in storage that it didn’t need and doesn’t use.  As home organizers often recommend, sorting in boxes is usually helpful – a box to keep, a box to discard, a box to fix, and a box to donate.  While the government can’t exactly sort its enormous inventory into boxes, it can and should keep better track of the inventory it has purchased, as well as how these items are used.

Taxpayer Victory: Congress Passes Permanent Ban on Internet Taxes

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 11, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) lauded the passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 by a vote of 75-20 in the Senate today.  The provision permanently bans states from taxing Internet access. 

A Twentieth Anniversary Not Worth Celebrating

In 1996, Bill Clinton resided in the White House; science produced the first cloned mammal, a sheep named Dolly; folks were dancing the Macarena; and the Simpsons became the longest running prime-time animated series. Unfortunately, not all twenty year flashbacks are as much fun because in 1996, cell phones were the size of a brick and performed two functions -- calling people and text messaging; the Internet was merely a blip on the radar; and, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted.

CAGW Submits Comments in Support of New Charter Merger

October 13, 2015

 

Chairman Thomas Wheeler

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner Ajit Pai

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

 

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC  20554  

 

Dear Chairman Wheeler, Commissioner Clyburn, Commissioner Pai, Commissioner Rosenworcel, and Commissioner O’Rielly:

CAGW Names Sen. Dick Durbin January Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 20, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) its January Porker of the Month for leading the effort to block a permanent ban on Internet access taxes.

CAGW Submits Comments to OMB Regarding Improving the Acquisition and Management of Common Information Technology: Software Licensing

January 20, 2016
 
The Honorable Shawn Donovan
Director
Office of Management and Budget
Office of the Chief Information Officer

725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20503

 

Re:  Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies Regarding Category Management Policy 16-1:  Improving the Acquisition and Management of Common Information Technology:  Software Licensing 

 

Dear Director Donovan,

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.