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Innovation and Technology Policy Center

The Innovation & Technology Policy Center (ITPC) was created to increase the prominence of issues of great significance to CAGW, many of which have been at the forefront of the organization’s work since it was established in 1984. The issues covered by the ITPC include, but are not limited to, aerospace, antitrust, biopharmaceuticals, broadband, information technology, intellectual property rights, privacy, spectrum, and telecommunications.

The ITPC reviews current laws and regulations at the federal and state levels of government since they affect the inventions and innovations of tomorrow, with a focus on ensuring that new technologies are created under light-touch regulatory regimes, rather than heavy-handed decrees.

The ITPC enables CAGW to take on special projects on issues related to its mission to reduce waste, fraud, mismanagement, and abuse in government.

The ITPC benefits from the leadership of Executive Director/CAGW Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Deborah Collier and CAGW President Tom Schatz, who have a combined 78 years of experience in many of the issues that are included in the ITPC’s mission.

The Latest from ITPC

Agency Comments

CAGW Signs Letter on Pole Attachments

VIA ECFS Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 45 L Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20554

Eric Maus June 27, 2022
The WasteWatcher

GAO Report Reveals Significant Duplication and Overlap in Broadband Programs

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office lays out paths to reduce wasteful practices in broadband programs. 

Ryan Lanier June 23, 2022
The WasteWatcher

Congress Must Make the Right Decisions on Consumer Data Privacy

The failure to pass a national framework for data privacy has left a void that is being filled by the states.

Deborah Collier June 22, 2022
The WasteWatcher

State Legislative Sessions Underscore the Need for a National Privacy Framework

In 2022, Connecticut and Utah added to the growing patchwork of state privacy laws, adding to the need for a national framework.

Ryan Lanier June 14, 2022
The WasteWatcher

VA/DOD Healthcare Interoperability Can Be Improved

DOD and VA joint OIG report cites problems and makes recommendations to improve interoperability of electronic healthcare records.

Deborah Collier May 9, 2022
Op-Eds

Let's Keep Driving Forward on Connected Cars & Next-Gen Wi-Fi

These days, there isn’t a lot of harmony in the world of technology policy. But there is a bright spot of bipartisanship in a section of our airwaves: the 5.9 GHz band.

Deborah Collier May 6, 2022
The WasteWatcher

California Should Fix Its Broadband Program

California PUC should make sure unserved communities are a priority for the $2 billion broadband grant program created by SB 156.

Deborah Collier May 4, 2022
The WasteWatcher

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants the Government to Steal IP and Stifle Future Pharmaceutical Innovation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urges HHS to steal and redistribute intellectual property as a mechanism to lower drug prices.

Christina Smith April 27, 2022
The WasteWatcher

Intellectual Property Rights Must Be Protected So the Next Vaccines Can Be Developed

Intellectual property must be protected to encourage the development of future cures.

Christina Smith April 26, 2022
Op-Eds

Taking a day to celebrate innovation and intellectual property rights

Encouraging young people to participate in the innovation economy is a laudable and necessary objective, as well as ensuing that they understand the importance of protecting IP rights.

Deborah Collier April 26, 2022
Agency Comments

CAGW Joins Coalition Opposing Proposed SEC Rule on Private Fund Advisors

As consumers face eroding purchasing power because of heightened inflation, affordable investment options are crucial. 

Eric Maus April 25, 2022
The WasteWatcher

The IRS Begins a $70 Million IT Modernization Project

Facing a large backlog of paper returns, the IRS just issued a $70 million contract to update and modernize its IT systems.

Deborah Collier April 4, 2022

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