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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Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that established the standards for government access to private electronic communications, out of date.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. 

CAGW Releases December 2016 WasteWatcher

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

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

Fixing the FCC

The peaceful transfer of power to a new administration has been a key part of the nation’s history.  This is particularly important when there is a change in parties at the White House. 

FCC Moves Headlong into Free Data Investigation

In the latest net neutrality salvo, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Bureau has upped the ante on its investigation into free data plans offered by wireless providers on December 1, 2016.  At the core of the investigation is whether free data services offered to consumers violate net neutrality rules. 

CAGW Releases November 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
November 16, 2016  

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

The Turducken of Broadband

A turducken is the epitome of overbuild.  One takes a deboned chicken, covers it in stuffing, wraps it with a deboned duck, adds some more stuffing on top of the duck, and wraps it again with a deboned turkey.  That may be all well and good for a hearty Thanksgiving, but it is no feast when a city or town decides to spend taxpayer dollars to build a government-run broadband network.  The thick layers of government control over easements, pole attachments, permitting requirements, and the local tax base that are slapped together to directly compete against private internet providers make a turducken look like a simple endeavor. 

FedRAMP Four Years Later

On June 6, 2012, the Federal Risk Assessment Management Program (FedRAMP) began accepting applications from cloud service providers and federal agencies to obtain authorization to operate (ATO) cloud services within the federal government.  On October 27, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will begin an audit of the program to measure its progress, strengths and weaknesses.

CAGW Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2016

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

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 16th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.  The following is CAGW’s list of nominees for inclusion in the Fiscal House of Horrors for 2016…

Wireless Tax Burdens Continue to Grow

In December 2005, there were 207.9 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S.  As of the end of December 2015, that number had grown to 377.9 million wireless subscribers, a gain of more than 170 million over the ten-year period.  Today’s mobile devices and services provide much more than just the ability to make a phone call.  As new generations of mobile services have continued to innovate, wireless devices can now access email, text, and data allowing consumers to communicate

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CAGW Names Sen. Kamala Harris August 2018 Porker of the Month

Sen. Harris is CAGW's Porker of the Month for for proposing an expensive and impractical taxpayer-funded rent subsidy.