Monthly Archives: May 2008

Software Independence and Voting Standards

Three weeks ago, USACM filed detailed comments with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on its draft of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. (Quick Review: These are proposed Federal standards for voting equipment, which are voluntary in nature but some states require manufacturers follow them.) Realizing that many people will not be able to read through [...]

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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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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 19

May 21 Hearing: The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the recently released National Mathematics Report 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Building May 22 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on globalization of technology. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

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USACM Issue Briefs Available

We wanted to point out two Issue Briefs available from USACM. The Issue Briefs are intended as short distillations of established USACM policy on various issues. More detailed explanations of USACM positions on these issues can be found in the relevant issue area of our website. The two new Issue Briefs are on Electronic Employment [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 12.5 (May 16, 2008)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Chair Testifies on Electronic Employment Verification [3] USACM Applauds New Voting System Standards [4] USACM Cautions Against Filtering [5] Emergency E-Voting Legislation Goes Down In House [6] Advanced Placement Computer Science Exams Change [7] National Academies Releases Interim Report on Voter Registration Databases [8] About USACM

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USACM Chair Testifies on Electronic Employment Eligibility

We mentioned this last week, but are just getting to posting about the hearing on the blog. On May 6, Eugene H. Spafford, chair of USACM, testified before the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on electronic employment verification systems (EEVS). USACM has testified before on this issue, with Dr. Peter [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 12

May 14 Hearing: The Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration will hold a hearing on election contingency plans. 2 p.m., 1310 Longworth Building

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USACM Applauds New Voting System Standards

We are doing a bit of catchup as we are behind on posting to the blog. On Monday USACM filed detailed comments with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on the draft 2007 Federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. Calling the standards a welcome step forward, USACM supported several important concepts in the draft — including software [...]

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USACM Chair Will Testify on Electronic Employment Verification Systems

USACM Chair Dr. Eugene Spafford will testify tomorrow before the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. His testimony is part of a hearing on Electronic Employment Verification Systems (EEVS). The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on May 6, in B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This will [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 5

May 6 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008, HR 5353. 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building The Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on electronic employment verification [...]

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