Tech-Telecom

Caution Needed When Building Digital Bridges

When one thinks about infrastructure, roads and bridges usually come to mind.  These structures not only carry physical vehicles; they also provide the capacity to run wires above ground for telecommunications systems.  These systems can also be built underground, and in the case of wireless broadband communications, ride over spectrum across the airwaves.  Many new technologies therefore run across new bridges to bring information across the country.  And when taxpayer dollars are involved, the “construction” of these services should proceed with caution.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

At Age 21, Telecommunications Act Needs to Grow Up

On February 8, 2017, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 turns 21 years old.  Some might say, “Oh, here is a law that has stood the test of time.”  But they would be wrong.

House Passage of the Email Privacy Act

On February 6, 2017, increased privacy for emails took a step forward with the House passage of H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act.  This legislation provides a much-needed update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and extends the legal requirements of warrants to email communications stored by cloud services providers.

CAGW Releases January 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 25, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its January 2017 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 January edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Modernizing Federal Information Technology

President Trump has made it clear that he wants to make significant changes in how government programs are managed.  One of the best sources of the worst examples of wasteful spending for the president and his team is the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High Risk List, which every two years identifies agencies and program areas that are vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  In GAO’s 2015 report, improving the management of information technology (IT) acquisitions and operations made the high risk list for the very first time.  According to the report, “federal IT investments too frequently fail or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes."

CAGW Statement on Designation of Commissioner Ajit Pai as FCC Chair

On January 23, 2017, it was announced that President Trump has designated Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

The following statement can be attributed to CAGW President Tom Schatz upon learning of this designation:

CAGW Announces 2016 Porker of the Year Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 17, 2017  

TV Blackouts on the Rise Again

Cable subscribers across the country may be wondering what is going on when they receive notices across their screens threatening the potential loss of one channel or another.  The comments encourage the viewer to contact their local cable or satellite operator if they want to continue watching their favorite shows, making it appear that only the service provider is at fault. 

Email Privacy Legislation Reintroduced in the House

Advances in technology over the past 30 years have rendered the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that established the standards for government access to private electronic communications, out of date.  ECPA was enacted in 1986, long before individuals and companies connected with each other electronically and stored information through email and in the cloud.  Today’s society communicates in a dramatically different manner than in 1986, with an increasing amount of data stored digitally with third party providers, including emails and other date stored in the cloud. 

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CAGW Names Montana Gov. Steve Bullock February 2018 Porker of the Month

Gov. Bullock is CAGW's Porker of the Month for issuing an executive order that would rob Montana consumers of a 21st century internet.