Monthly Archives: May 2007

Committee Refines Next Set of Voting Standards

On Monday and Tuesday, the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) held their 9th plenary meeting at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Responsible for advising the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on the next edition of the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines, the TGDC is working hard to make sure they can present their draft to the EAC [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 21

The House will consider an omnibus competitiveness bill, the 21st Century Competitiveness Act this week, and may also consider the Holt e-voting legislation, HR 811. May 21 Meeting: The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) of the Election Assistance Commission, will meet on their progress toward completing the next Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. The meeting continues [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 14

May 15 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on educators’ perspectives on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

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Spyware Legislation Approved by Committees

In the last two weeks, two different spyware bills have been approved by two different House committees. On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 964, the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, or the SPY Act. This committee has approved similar bills in the previous two Congresses, only to see the [...]

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USACM Urges Revisions to REAL ID Rules

Yesterday USACM filed detailed comments on the Department of Homeland Security’s draft rules for implementing the REAL ID Act. (For background, Congress passed the controversial REAL ID Act in 2005 over the objections of many privacy, security and technology experts. See our posts (1,2) about USACM’s comments on the law.)

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E-Voting Reform Clears House Committee; ACM Applauds Congressional Attention

I apologize for overloading the blog today, but this has been a busy week so far. Late yesterday afternoon the Committee on House Administration passed, on a partyline vote, Representative Rush Holt’s legislation — The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007. (Here is the amended version that passed out of committee. For background [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 11.4 (May 8, 2007)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] ACM Educates Policymakers About the Threats from Botnets [3] House of Representatives Honors Turing Award Recipient [4] USACM Joins Broad Coalition in Urging More Basic Research Funding [5] Competitiveness Legislation Advances in Congress [6] House Administration Committee Looks Into Sarasota Undervote [7] Data Mining and Data Breach Notification Bills Approved [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 7

Update Energy and Commerce Markup added for May 10. May 7 Hearing: The Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a field hearing on certification and testing of electronic voting systems. 9:30 a.m., City Hall, New York CIty. May 8 Hearing: The Senate Judiciary Committee [...]

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Data Mining and Data Breach Legislation Advance in Congress

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee sent S236, the Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting Act of 2007 to the Senate floor by a voice vote. The bill, which we posted about earlier this year, would require the federal government to report annually on the development and use of technologies that would mine data for patterns [...]

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E-Voting Update – House Markup and Investigation

The Committee on House Administration has acted within the last week on both the Holt e-voting legislation, H.R. 811, and the contested election for the Florida 13th Congressional District. First, we must note the passing of the Committee’s Chair, Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald, on April 22nd from cancer. She had just started a formal leave from [...]

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House of Representatives Honors Turing Recipient

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring Dr. Fran Allen for winning this year’s A.M. Turing award from ACM. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) introduced the resolution to bring attention to both Dr. Allen’s accomplishments and that she is the first woman to receive this award. Rep. Woolsey noted the problems that the [...]

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