Category Archives: Innovation

NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a free NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, at its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The event will include panel discussions and presentations on future directions for the accessibility, usability, reliability, security, and privacy of mobile devices and [...]

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Congressional App Challenge 2014

The first annual Congressional App Challenge, established by the U.S. House of Representatives, invites high school students to use their programming and other computer science knowledge and skills to develop innovative software programs for mobile devices, tablets, computers, or cloud-computing platforms. Winning entries will be showcased by Congress. The deadline for submissions is April 30, [...]

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Congress Invites Public Comments on Updating the Communications Act

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking public comments on a white paper released yesterday on “Modernizing the Communications Act.” The public comments will help inform the Committee as it reviews and updates the Communications Act. The comprehensive reform is anticipated to be a multiyear process. The deadline for public comments is January 31, [...]

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NIST Working On Big Data Technology Roadmap

On September 30, the National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a Big Data workshop at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The focus of the workshop is to continue the work of the NIST Big Data Working Group in developing a Big Data Technology Roadmap. Registration for the conference is free and open to [...]

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US Rejoins World’s Top 5 Countries for Innovation

The United States is one of the five most innovative countries in the world, according to the Global Innovation Index 2013, a hefty 392-page report published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). After being off the top 5 list since 2009, the United States saw “strong increases in software spending [...]

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5th Annual State of the Mobile Net Conference on May 9, 2013

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee brings you the 5th Annual State of the Mobile Net Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Key members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials, tech executives, and mobile-savvy technologists will discuss location-based services, privacy, the mobile broadband spectrum squeeze, and other emergent legal and legislative issues facing lawmakers [...]

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Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are due Monday, April 1, 2013. The award is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement for American scientists, engineers, and innovators. It is bestowed by the U.S President. Nominations may be submitted to honor an individual, a group of up to four individuals, a company, [...]

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Google and the Federal Trade Commission Reach Agreements

On January 3rd, the Federal Trade Commission completed its antitrust review of Google. After 19 months of investigation, the Commission announced that Google will make changes to its search and other business practices in order to allay concerns that the company is engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Some critics consider the FTC actions soft and the [...]

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The Sequester Is Delayed, But Not Forgotten

The major political debates last week focused on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’ The cliff included a series of tax increases and spending cuts (the cuts are sometimes referred to as ‘sequestration’) that were set to happen last Tuesday, January 2. A last-minute deal didn’t resolve the situation entirely. Tax revenues were the main focus of [...]

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USACM Offers Comments on Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sought comments on the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Plan. The plan was released in late 2011, and NSF was interested in getting feedback from the research community on the effectiveness of the plan. Yesterday USACM submitted comments in response to this request, outlining our interests in cybersecurity research and [...]

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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 [...]

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USACM Comments on the Menlo Report

On Monday USACM submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the Menlo Report, which was issued in September 2011. The goal of the report was to extend ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects to computer and information security research. It based its framework on the Belmont Report for 1979, which developed [...]

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House Takes Another Crack at Updating NITRD

Yesterday the House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved legislation updating the High Performance Computing Act of 1991. That law, among other things, established the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). NITRD was established to coordinate federal research and development in computing, and as computing knowledge and technology change, the law should [...]

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USACM Encourages Deficit Reduction Committee to Remember the Value of Computing

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is the formal name of the “Supercommittee” that is supposed to recommend at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. USACM sent a letter today to the supercommittee that notes the value of computing to the nation, a value that needs consistent investment in order [...]

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Computing Researchers Weigh in on Changes to Human Subjects Research Regulations

The Department of Heath and Human Services is planning to revise what it calls the Common Rule – the regulations overseeing federally funded research involving human subjects. These regulations were last updated in the early 1990s, so the proposed changes try to catch up with the advances in research and in computing since that time. [...]

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Deconstruct the iPad with the Task Force on American Innovation

Those in the Washington, D.C. area next Wednesday, September 21, may want to attend a Congressional briefing hosted by the Task Force on American Innovation (ACM and USACM have participated in Task Force efforts in the past). The briefing is also hosted by Representatives Hultgren (Illinois), McCaul (Texas), and Quayle (Arizona). Titled Deconstructing the iPad, [...]

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President Signs COMPETES Reauthorization

On Tuesday President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. The bill continues (among other things) the increasing funding trend for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Science at the Department of Energy started with the American Competitiveness Initiative introduced by President [...]

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Start December with an Update on Social Innovation

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. December starts with an opportunity to learn more about new developments in social innovation – digital tools that help connect people with each other and with organizations. On the first the New America Foundation will host an event on technology, social innovation and civic participation. Researchers from the University of Maryland (including [...]

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USACM Vice Chair Felten Appointed as First FTC Chief Technologist

Ed Felten, noted computer science researcher, Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and one of USACM’s Vice Chairs, has been appointed Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This is a new position for the Commission (the Federal Communications Commission has had one for years), and Felten will serve for a one-year [...]

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PCAST Seeks Advice on Critical Infrastructures for Technology Innovation

The President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) is seeking public input on infrastructures that are critical to innovation in information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. PITAC, part of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), is currently seeking input on that issue through OpenPCAST, an online portal. The official question: What are [...]

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ACM Education Policy Committee and USACM Offer Support for COMPETES Reauthorization Bill

The House Science and Technology Committee recently marked up a bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. In recognition of this effort, the ACM Education Policy Committee and the U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM sent the Committee a letter expressing its support for the reauthorization. The letter focused on the provisions of the bill [...]

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COMPETES Act Reauthorization Takes First Step Through Congress

Last Wednesday at the end of a long markup session, the House Science and Technology Committee approved a bill that would reauthorize the American COMPETES Act, passed in 2007. That bill covered many things, most prominently budget authorizations that would – if followed – double the budgets of the National Science Foundation, the National Institute [...]

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Court Ruling Will Stall FCC’s Broadband Plan

Yesterday a federal appeals court ruled in a case involving the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to sanction Comcast for violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The court decided in favor of Comcast. While the ruling did not speak to the FCC’s recently announced national broadband plan, it did rule that the Commission lacked the [...]

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Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request Is Promising

Earlier this month the Administration released its budget request for the 2011 Fiscal Year, which will start October 1 (whether or not Congress finishes the budget by then). While the President promised a freeze on non-defense discretionary spending, he did not promise it would be an across-the-board freeze. So initial concerns that science budgets would [...]

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Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Almost Done; Science Agencies See Modest Gains

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has the specifics at the CRA Government Affairs Blog. In the current conference agreement most of the science agencies are receiving increases over the previous fiscal year (not counting money from the economic stimulus package). Both the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology [...]

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FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to establish an expanded definition of net neutrality to “safeguard the free and open Internet.” Starting next month the Commission will start a rule-making process to codify the four net neutrality principles that currently guide its decisions on this issue, and add two [...]

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President Obama Addresses the National Academies

On Monday, President Obama spoke before the National Academies during the National Academy of Sciences’ Annual meeting. Both audio and video of the address are available from the Academies, and from the White House. A transcript can be found on Whitehouse.gov. The address was noteworthy in part because he was only the fourth sitting President [...]

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President Obama Announces New PCAST Members

Yesterday President Obama announced the full membership of his President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). This is an advisory body that works with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide advice to the President. More than a few of the new members have previous government experience. There will be [...]

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Obama Administration Appoints a Chief Technology Officer

One of the Administration’s campaign promises was to create the position of Chief Technology Officer. While the specific job description was vague during the campaign, the general idea was for this office to encourage more effective use of technology across government. After appointing a Chief Information Officer – Vivek Kundra – the President selected Aneesh [...]

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Physical Sciences May Have Modest Gains in 2009 Budget

On Wednesday the House passed a bill to cover spending for most federal agencies for the last six months of fiscal year 2009. The first six months were covered by a separate measure, a Continuing Resolution, set to expire on March 6. The Senate still needs to approve the bill, but if the House funding [...]

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USACM Applauds Increased Investment in Research

Today President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This legislation provides billions in funding intended to spur economic growth. A significant portion of the funding is dedicated to research and education investments. Below is USACM’s statement on these provisions: USACM Says Innovations in Computing Drive Economic Growth and Competitiveness NEW [...]

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Congress Finalizes Massive Boost in Science Funding

Late last night Congress released the first high-level details on the final agreement for the American Recovery and Reinvestment package. (For background, this legislation is essentially a massive funding plan intended to help jump start the American economy during the current fiscal year (FY 2009).) The final legislation reportedly contains a massive boost for several [...]

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Net Neutrality Connected to Broadband Stimulus

Funds for broadband deployment are part of the economic stimulus package currently under construction on Capitol Hill. Worth noting is that this funding has at least one string attached – network neutrality. Of course, that phrase means different things to different people, so some explanation is in order. The stimulus funding is focused on areas [...]

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Science and Technology Have Piece of Stimulus Pie

While the stimulus has not been finalized, the House Appropriations Committee has circulated a summary of the major components. From the committee summary: Scientific Research • National Science Foundation: $3 billion, including $2 billion for expanding employment opportunities in fundamental science and engineering to meet environmental challenges and to improve global economic competitiveness, $400 million [...]

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President-elect Will Make Broadband Part of Economic Recovery

In his most recent weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama outlined portions of his economic recovery plan. The address covered a few areas in which President-elect Obama intends to invest significant funds in order to stimulate the economy. Most of these investments are in infrastructure, which includes broadband. Deploring the typically poor standing the United States [...]

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Supplemental Funding Bill Boosts Science Spending

Yesterday President Bush signed into law a bipartisan agreement providing supplemental funding for 2008. Most of the funding went toward operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Congress and the President agreed to include over $330 million to fund basic research at several Federal agencies. While the final figures are well below what the President originally [...]

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Congress Moves in Divergent But Similar Directions on Science Funding

Some events highlight the political silliness often infecting Washington better than others. The current fight over the supplemental war funding bill for this fiscal year is one of those occasions. The Washington Times aptly summed up the silliness when it ran the line: “House Passes War Supplemental Without War Funding.” The issue at hand is [...]

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Increases Proposed for Basic Research Agencies; NIST Proposes New Cyber Security Program

For the past few years we’ve been following funding for three key physical science agencies — The National Science Foundation (NSF), The Department of Energy Office of Science (DoE), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Last week the President released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2009, which contains some healthy increases [...]

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Fallout from the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has a good analysis of the impact that Congress’ flat funding of the physical science agencies will have this year. His analysis (excerpted below) includes the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. We thought that we add the impacts to the National Institute [...]

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’08 Tech Policy Outlook: The “Innovation Agenda”

Continuing our weekly posts reviewing key technology policy issues facing Congress, this week we tackle the so-called “innovation agenda.” This agenda has been defined by a loose collection of business, academic groups and professional/scientific societies (both ACM and CRA work on these issues) interested in improving the innovation ecosystem. The agenda is organized around four [...]

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Congress Abandons Commitment to Basic Research; Puts NIST in the Construction Business

For two years the debate about how to bolster innovation and competitiveness has consumed Washington. Numerous reports (1,2,3,4,5, we could keep going …) recommended boosting funding for basic research, and science and math education to respond to growing global competition. These drove a bipartisan consensus (and new law — the COMPETEs Act), between the President [...]

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Competitiveness Bills Advance in Congress; Other Legislation Soon to Follow

Three bills linked to the American Competitiveness Initiative took an important step closer to becoming law this week – they passed one of the houses of Congress. On Tuesday, the House passed HR 362, the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Math and Scholarship Act, as well as HR 363, the Sowing the Seeds Through Science [...]

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Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century

That is the name of an advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce. Its objective is to make recommendations for new and revised metrics to better capture innovative activity. We posted about this group in December, shortly after it was formed. They held their first meeting February 22 in Washington, D.C. The agenda, members, and [...]

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New Offshoring Report, Same Response: Innovation is Critical

The Brookings Institution (a well-respected Washington D.C. think tank) just released a report exploring how offshoring impacts local economies in the U.S. and how public policy should respond. Unfortunately, The San Jose Mercury News wrote a story about how the study predicts that Silicon Valley will lose one out of every five computing jobs over [...]

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Congress Set to Boost Research Funding

This morning House and Senate leaders of the respective Appropriations Committees announced a deal on funding for the current fiscal year. As we’ve reported this year’s funding for most of the federal government has been limbo for months because of the national elections last year. The current Congress faced two choices — extending 2006 funding [...]

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House Science Committee in the 110th: New Chair, New Name, New Subcommittees

While we’ve known about some of the changes in the House Science and Technology Committee (including the new name) for a while, Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), the new chair, finalized the changes in a hearing this morning. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) is the new Ranking Member. Per a press release available on the committee’s website [...]

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Computing Community Urges Congress to Fix Appropriations Mess

ACM joined with several groups other leaders in the computing community expressing concern over the state of the 2007 budget (which is currently in limbo) for information technology research and development and calling on Congress to complete proposed funding increases for several key science agencies. We’ve mentioned this issue a couple of times (1,2) over [...]

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Commerce Department Forms Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation

One last item before the end of the year. On December 6th, the Secretary of Commerce named the 15 members of the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee. A mix of business and academic leaders, the Committee will “study metrics on effectiveness of innovation in various businesses and sectors, and work to [...]

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The Duck Quacks, New House and Senate Chairs Are Named

Congress’ very short lame-duck session came to an end early Saturday morning wrapping up a largely unproductive 109th Congress in the technology policy space. In the waning hours, Congress did pass a few tech-related measures, but left almost all of the funding and competitiveness bills on the table — including funding for the President’s American [...]

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Meet the New Boss: Outlook for Technology Policy in the Next Congress

Update 11/16/06: One of the problems of doing a laundry-list type post like this is that you miss some issues, and some nuance when trying to summarize complex policy issues. Notably missing from this list are issues such as patent reform and reviving the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). We don’t follow patent reform very [...]

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Innovation Task Force to Release Report Benchmarking Competitiveness

Update: Here is a link to the final report. Tomorrow at 11:00AM, The Task Force for the Future of American Innovation, of which ACM is a member, will be releasing a report outlining many different measures of U.S. competitiveness and making the case for increased investment in basic research in the physical sciences. USACM has [...]

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Big Thinkers Thinking Big Thoughts About Computing, Part II

Update 10/30/06: Steve Lohr at the New York Times wrote a story about the symposium nicely weaving together the different presentations. As mentioned in the previous post, The National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) held a symposium to commemorate the Board’s 20th anniversary. Cameron blogged about the first half of the symposium, and [...]

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Big Thinkers Thinking Big Thoughts About Computing, Part I

Update 10/30/06: Steve Lohr at the New York Times wrote a story about the symposium nicely weaving together the different presentations. Update: David posted part two of this series here. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), it held an incredible symposium yesterday with luminaries speaking about [...]

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“New” Competitiveness Legislation Introduced in the Senate

In the ongoing saga of the American Competitiveness Initiative (see our previous weblog posts on the subject) a “new” piece of legislation has been introduced in Congress. On Tuesday Senator Frist (R-TN), along with Senator Reid (D-NV) introduced the National Competitiveness Investment Act (S3936 – currently unavailable online). This is in effect a consolidation of [...]

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Offshoring Implications: Innovate to Succeed

I was planning to post part two of the Fall tech agenda next, but the U.S. General Accounting Office released a good report last week studying offshoring in the semiconductor and software industries. Actually this is the third report on this subject in the past few weeks. (We blogged about the Department of Commerce’s report [...]

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Fall Outlook: Congressional Tech. Policy Agenda, Part I

Congress ended their summer recess this week with just three short weeks left before heading home again to campaign for the November elections. On the technology policy front, things will likely be busy as several initiatives will wind their way through Congress, but we don’t expect many, if any, on the President’s desk before October. [...]

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Scientists Tell Congress It Needs Independent Scientific and Technical Advice

Today the House Science Committee held a hearing exploring Congress’ need for scientific and technical advice. (Witness lists and hearing webcast can be found here.) Eleven years ago, Congress closed the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). This office was created in 1972 to aid Congress “in the identification and consideration of existing and probable impacts [...]

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House Fully Funds President’s Science Initiative

Earlier this week the House of Representatives passed legislation to fully fund the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative. CRA’s blog has all the details. With passage of the bill the House is on record supporting an 8 percent increase for the National Science Foundation, and a 14 percent increase to the National Institute of Standards and [...]

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Blue Collar Computing

The name refers to a program at the Ohio Supercomputer Center that seeks to connect industries that lack the time or resources with high-performance computing (HPC) software, technology and expertise. They seek to lower barriers to entry for firms and industries that can benefit from HPC. This program has inspired Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) to [...]

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Computing Community Leaders Praise House Appropriators for Increasing Research Funding to Aid Competitiveness

USACM and the Computing Research Association released the following joint statement regarding Congress’ support of increased research funding: Association for Computing Machinery Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession Contacts: Peter HarshaComputing Research Association (202) 202-234-2111×106 harsha@cra.org Cameron WilsonAssociation for Computing Machinery (202) 659-9712 cameron.wilson@acm.org Washington, DC — Leaders of the Computing Research Association (CRA) [...]

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House Subcommittee Approves Substantial Increase for the National Science Foundation

Update: USACM and the Computing Research Association released a joint statement regarding Congress’ support of increased research funding. The release can be found here. This morning the Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee passed its proposal for funding several key science agencies during the next fiscal year. The numbers for the National Science Foundation [...]

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Innovation Legislation Moves Forward

Last week the Senate Commerce Committee passed its approach to bolstering U.S. competitiveness by authorizing more funding for research programs at the National Science Foundation, among other things. This is one of the many bills floating around to address this issue. Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has good coverage of the markup including [...]

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Commerce Department Shelves “Deemed Export” Proposal

Update:: The Department of Commerce has released the formal Federal Register notice of its proposal to form an advisory committee. Original Post 5/22/06: Last year, the Department of Commerce (followed by the Department of Defense) proposed broad new restrictions on foreign students access to potentially sensitive technology. USACM filed comments on both the proposals (Commerce, [...]

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Computing Community Expresses Concern Over House Budget

With the House of Representatives poised to pass its version of the budget for next fiscal year, USACM joined the computing research community and several IT companies expressing our concern that it does not reflect full funding for the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). As readers may remember the ACI provides about a nine percent [...]

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“Competitiveness” Policy Takes Partisan Turn in the House

Over the past couple of weeks I have covered (1,2) President Bush’s American Competitiveness Initiative. By and large, the response to this plan was bipartisan because he was embracing ideas that already had bipartisan champions in the Senate and were broadly supported by industry and the academic community. The House is another matter.

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A New Budget Season Begins As Last Year’s Finally Ends

The President has released his proposed budget, and taking a look at the research and development portion shows some winners (notably information technology research and development funding) and some losers (agriculture, environment, and transportation). Also, yesterday the President signed last year’s massive budget “reconciliation” bill, which ushers in the era of digital television and creates [...]

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Turing Award winner cautions Congress about Internet fast lanes

Members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee met this week for a hearing into so-called “Net Neutrality,” the range of issues surrounding whether or not telecommunications companies should be prevented from providing (for a price) faster speeds or better access for some (perhaps at the expense of others) or whether Congress should step [...]

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President Outlines Competitiveness Agenda: Double NSF’s budget, Math & Science Education Critical

“The American economy is pre-eminent – but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India. We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people – and [...]

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Congress Creates New $4.5 Billion Math and Science Education Program

In early November, I wrote a piece outlining Congress’ budget endgame. We are just beginning to see the final bills now (one is over 700 pages by itself), so we will post stories about what actually happened as we digest them. The first program that stands out is an entirely new $4.5 billion program of [...]

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Tech Issues Flood The Hill This Week

It’s November and Congress is supposed to be long gone, but finalizing this year’s budget remains a key sticking point. While trying to strike a deal, they are looking into a host of other things. There is a bit too much going on for us to analyze right now, so we thought we would post [...]

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Budget Endgame: Closing a $330 Billion Gap

“Katrina changed everything” is almost a trite saying in DC now, but even unoriginal sayings can be true. Before Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma slammed into the U.S., the federal budget environment was bad but improving. Now intraparty politics have pushed the GOP to negotiate among themselves on deep budget cuts over the next five [...]

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USACM Chair cautions against underfunding cybersecurity research

USACM Chair Gene Spafford testified today at a House Armed Services Committee hearing as part of a cybersecurity panel on “Asymmetric and Unconventional Threats.” He was joined on the panel by David Grawrock (Intel) and Paul Kurtz (Cyber Security Industry Alliance). Spafford’s written testimony can be found here. In his oral comments, Spafford stressed several [...]

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Calling All Techies

The aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita has revived an old idea that the federal government maintain lists of rapid response teams comprised of private sector technical experts to help rebuild after a disaster or terrorist attack. Called the “NET Guard,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) originally proposed this idea as part of the legislation that [...]

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Department of Commerce gets an earful on proposed export rule changes

At around 84 megabytes, the PDF file containing the largely negative response to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS’s) recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding proposed changes to U.S. deemed export regulations is one hefty document. It contains the comments of over 300 respondents — universities, researchers, scientists, medical organizations, [...]

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Is the U.S. creating a hostile environment for foreign researchers?

The NY Times yesterday ran a troubling article about the visa problems of a Chinese cryptographer who was unable to present an important paper detailing her research on SHA-1 at this week’s Crypto 2005 conference: On Monday, [Xiaoyun Wang] was scheduled to explain her discovery in a keynote address to an international group of researchers [...]

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Turing Award Winner Blasts Current State of Federal R&D Funding

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf (who, along with Robert Kahn, won ACM’s 2004 Turing Award) and Information Technology Association of America President Harris Miller join the chorus of leaders expressing concern about the federal R&D enterprise in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required). They frame the argument very similar to those laid out by the joint [...]

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South Korea Outlines Strategy for IT Development

Business Week has an interesting article about South Korea’s efforts to remain an IT leader in the global marketplace. Most people think of South Korea’s aggressive investments in broadband, but it looks like they are articulating a strategy for leveraging those investments into new technology in the consumer market — the term “ubiquitous computing” is [...]

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Proposed Export Rules Could Stifle Innovation

Update: Many organizations filed comments with BIS (the rumor has it around 200). The only one that we have seen so far (besides the CRA link at the bottom) is by the Association of American Universities. Apparently many business groups filed as well, including several IT and trade associations. We’ll post links to the big [...]

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Computing research community: Boost federal funding levels for fundamental IT R&D

The House Science Committee held a hearing yesterday on computer science research. USACM and CRA, along with a number of other organizations concerned about the future of computing research, issued joint testimony for the hearing: [F]ederal investment helps fuel the innovation that insures the U.S. remains the world leader in business, that we have the [...]

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Congressmen announce “Innovation Summit”

At a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, a group of House members announced plans to hold a national “Innovation Summit” later this year. The event was led by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), along with his Congressional colleagues Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), and Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL). They were joined by former [...]

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ACM President’s Op-Ed: Surrendering U.S. leadership in IT

In an excellent op-ed for News.com, ACM’s President Dave Patterson argues that the federal government is abandoning its previous vision of investing in long-term IT research that has driven many amazing innovations and multibillion industries (i.e. the Internet). Over the last 10 years, however, there’s been a major shift in funding priorities and policy at [...]

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Congress to Probe the State of IT R&D Funding

This Thursday (May 12) at 10:00 a.m. EDT the House Science Committee will review the current landscape of the federal government’s commitment to IT R&D funding and its implications for the future. The hearing is titled “The Future of Computer Science Research in the U.S.,” and the witnesses are: Dr. John H. Marburger III, Director, [...]

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Patterson & Lazowska write op-ed on support for computing research

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association (CRA) has a good report on a recent op-ed in Science by former CRA Board members and current PITAC members Ed Lazowska and David Patterson (who also happens to be President of ACM and a member of USACM’s Executive Committee). Quoting Peter, the article discusses “the impact of [...]

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Powerful Appropriator Calls for Tripling of Basic Research Funding

The Computing Research Association (CRA) has a good post about Representative Frank Wolf’s (R-VA) call on President Bush to triple the federal government’s investment in basic research. He sent the President a letter (which is also on CRA’s website) outlining his concern about the levels of federal investment in basic research and its impact on [...]

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High-Performance Computing Legislation Passes House

Today the House of Representatives passed the High-Performance Computing Revitalization Act. USACM and the Computing Research Association (CRA) praised the House’s action. USACM Chair Gene Spafford commented: “IT R&D — and especially investment in basic research and infrastructure — is an investment that pays enormous dividends. It fuels innovation that will help the U.S. retain [...]

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The Fight For R&D Funding Begins on the Hill

Congressmen Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) are circulating their annual letter regarding National Science Foundation (NSF) funding and are asking that their colleagues join the fight. The letter requests $6.1 billion for the agency — an increase of $627 million from last year. Remember that last year NSF’s funding was cut. Given the [...]

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High-Performance Computing Legislation Takes First Step Toward Enactment

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association reports, The House Science Committee marked up the High-Performance Computing Act on Thursday. The bill is almost the same as last year, when it passed the House but died in the Senate. USACM formally commented on the merits of the legislation to Science Committee Chairman Boehlert. The sponsors [...]

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Congress organizes (mostly): IT policy implications

By mid-February in any normal year a new Congress is completely organized. This is not a normal year as numerous changes in the Senate and organizational fights between the House of Representatives and Senate have delayed the process. Congress has finally (although not completely) organized itself enough to provide a picture of how it will [...]

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Senate considers revising Telecom Reform Act

“The Internet rated only a footnote in the landmark 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act. Now, the Net is such serious competition for the telecom industry that many legislators favor at least “tinkering with” the 1996 act, said Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), speaking at today’s Washington conference sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Burns said [...]

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FY2006 budget implications for IT R&D

The President’s budget hit the Hill yesterday with the predictable media attention. With the focus on deficits and Social Security, some of the subtler details have gone overlooked. Particularly those related to funding for IT research and development. Peter at the Computing Research Association has given us a great analysis of the overall funding picture. [...]

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