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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

The WasteWatcher

Net Loss

For many years there has been a vigorous debate on the pros and cons of net neutrality. On December 21, 2010, the nation took a technological step backwards when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to institute net neutrality rules on...

CAGW Staff January 26, 2011
The WasteWatcher

Privacy Problems

Privacy may mean different things to different people, but at a certain level everybody wants their privacy protected.  The advent and growth of the Internet has greatly amplified privacy issues.  As with every other subject that comes to the...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2010
The WasteWatcher

Government Broadband Deployment Report Card: F

To say that the Internet has grown over the past 15 years is an understatement.  According to Internet World Stats, there were 16 million users in 1995 compared to 1.9 billion users in June, 2010, an increase of 11,775 percent.  In addition, the...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2010
The WasteWatcher

Congressmen Keep Pork Projects Cooking

Despite the moratorium on all earmarks agreed to by House Republicans on March 11, 2010, and a ban on earmarks to for-profit companies adoptedby House Democrats the previous day, both sides of the aisle are finding ways to circumvent their own rules...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2010
The WasteWatcher

CAGW Tells FCC: We Refuse to Stay Neutral

On January 13, 2010, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to tread lightly on the net neutrality issue and consider its significant impact on America’s flourishing broadband...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2010
The WasteWatcher

Government Broadband is too Broad

When Congress passed and the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus bill, in February 2009, $7.2 billion was allocated to expand broadband in the United States.  Of that amount, $2.5 billion was slated to...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2010
The WasteWatcher

To Infinite and Beyond!

In 2004, former President George W. Bush announced his “Vision for Space Exploration.” In it he called for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new spaceflight vehicles as part of the Constellation Program that would...

Sean Kennedy February 28, 2010
Press Release


For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie K. Paige 202.467.5334

Curtis Kalin October 26, 2009
The WasteWatcher

Broadband Boondoggles

Wanted:  $4.7 billion for a national broadband grant program.  Prior experience not necessary.

Thomas Schatz September 30, 2009
The WasteWatcher

U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact

The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
The WasteWatcher

If It Ain’t Broke, Why “Neutralize” It?

On September 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules for broadband providers.  The so-called “net neutrality” policy is anything but neutral; it would allow for government regulation and...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
Press Release

CAGW to Los Angeles City Council Members: Look Before You Leap!

For Immediate Release: August 4, 2009

Curtis Kalin August 3, 2009