Tech-Telecom

Reduce Regulatory Burdens Instead of Increasing Fees

Innovative technology has become the foundation for performing mundane tasks, such as vacationing, buying groceries, and even catching a ride, in new inventive ways.  The sharing economy is on the cusp of such a revolution, using mobile apps to offer consumers new ways to connect with the services they want to use.  However, as noted in a June 2016 WasteWatcher article by Citizens Against Government Waste’s State Policy and Government Affairs Manager Andrew Nehring, ride-sharing has come u

CAGW Releases August 2016 WasteWatcher

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

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 2016 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 August edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

The FCC’s Lifeline Breakdown

Citizens Against Government Waste highlighting the programmatic issues of the Universal Service Fund (USF) and its Lifeline program for low-income individuals in its 2014 report Telecom Unplugged: Ushering in a New Digital Era.  The USF was created by Congress to expand communications technology in unserved regions of the country.  The original mission of the Lifeline support program was to provide basic telephone service to low-income individuals.  This program was expanded in 2008 to include wireless phone service, and on March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to further expand the program to include broadband internet subsidies.

CAGW Applauds Court’s Smack Down of FCC Overreach

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 10, 2016  

CAGW Releases July 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 14, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its July 2016 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 July edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Give the FCC an Inch, and It Will Take a Mile

On June 14, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit Court) rejected by a 2-1 decision the petition of US Telecom in its case against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order (OIO).  The net neutrality debate has been through legal gyrations at the FCC and the courts for seven years, and this case is still not the end of the long and winding road.

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.

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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.