Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 17

September 19

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will review pending legislation, including a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the current Internet multistakeholder governance model should be maintained.
2:15 p.m., S-116 Capitol Building

September 20

The Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on computerized trading of securities.
10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Building

The Senate Judiciary Committee will review pending legislation. Scheduled for review is a bill that may include an amendment to revise the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building

USACM Expresses Concerns Over Support For Scientific And Technical Conferences

Part of the response to the reported excesses in conference spending involving the General Services Administration has been to restrict conference and travel spending across the government. Several pieces of legislation are working through Congress to implement such restrictions. However, we believe that the legislation, as currently written, would have unintended consequences for scientific, technical and education meetings.

To better express these concerns to policymakers, USACM joined with colleagues at the Computing Research Association, The IEEE-USA and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics to send a letter to key Members of Congress and the Obama Administration.

In the letter we explain that the proposed restrictions on travel and conference expenses would curtail the ability of government scientists and engineers to interact with other members of their professional communities. Such interactions are an important part of the work of any scientists or engineer. The meeting are a means for researchers to stay current in their field and maintain professional contacts. Continue reading “USACM Expresses Concerns Over Support For Scientific And Technical Conferences”