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Veterans Affairs IT System Needs Major Repairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a systemic problem with information technology (IT) management, according to a June 22, 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.  The report follows up on recommendations made by GAO following the agency’s February, 2015 designation of the IT system as a high-risk area.  It highlights the ongoing need for VA to overhaul its IT to better ensure the quality and safety of veterans’ healthcare.  Despite billions of dollars being spent over the past several years on managing and modernizing IT systems, including $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2015, major problems remain unresolved.

CAGW Releases June 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 15, 2016  

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

Hailing for Change: Medallions vs. the Marketplace

In the digital age, the monetization of personal assets has become a new phenomenon.  Whether it is renting out the spare bedroom in your house through Airbnb, using your personal vehicle to earn money by transporting people via Uber or Lyft, or even booking a luxury private jet at a fraction of the cost through JetSmarter.

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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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.

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CAGW Names New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio September 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor de Blasio is CAGW's Porker of the Month for signing a bill into law that would halt the ride-sharing revolution in New York City.