Update on Recovery.Gov

Recovery.gov is one of the first deliverables of the massive funding package better known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Mandated by ARRA, the site’s mission is to track all the funding distributed under the recovery legislation in order to promote transparency. USACM has argued that one of the most important things the […]

Homeland Security Secretary Puts REAL ID on Back Burner

The new Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, indicated on Friday that there were many flaws and problems with the REAL ID law, which is intended to provide for more secure forms of identification. USACM submitted comments back in 2007 outlining our concerns with the program, which would not be as secure or reliable as […]

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 30

March 31 Markup: The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee will markup pending legislation, including the STEM Education Coordination Act of 2009. 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building April 1 Hearing: The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development […]

Internet Privacy Bill Possible in this Congress

The Bits blog at The New York Times recently ran an interview with Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) the new Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. While telecommunications issues will be a big concern for Rep. Boucher, it appears that Internet privacy, a concern of […]

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM – March 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 3)

This post will be the first in a monthly series to highlight policy-relevant articles in ACM’s flagship publication, Communications of the ACM (CACM). There is a new website for CACM, http://cacm.acm.org, where you can access material in CACM, as well as news, opinion and blogs on computing compiled by ACM staff. Much of the material […]

Educating NITRD

As far as obscure government acronyms go, NITRD is a pretty good one. It stands for the National Information Technology Research and Development program. This program cuts across numerous federal agencies to carry out and coordinate investments in IT R&D. In 2007, the President’s Council of Advisory on Science and Technology (PCAST … another doozy […]