Monthly Archives: March 2009

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 15

March 17 Meeting: The Election Assistance Commission will hold a meeting. One of the agenda items concerns voter registration databases., 11 a.m., 1225 New York Avenue, Suite 150 March 19 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity. 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building

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ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design

MIT’s Liskov, First U.S. Woman Ph.D. in Computer Science, Pioneered the Standard for Modern Programming Language and Software Reliability ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Barbara Liskov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the winner of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The award cites Liskov for her foundational innovations to designing [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 13.2 (March 8, 2009)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Outlines Technical Principles for Open Government [3] USACM Hails Boosts in Research Funding [4] NIST Presents New Research on Voting Systems [5] New Legislation Proposes Increase in Data Retention [6] E-Verify Rule Delayed [7] Congress Seeks Privacy Rights For In Flight Transportation [8] About USACM [An archive of all [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 9

March 10 Hearing The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on patent reform, with a focus on recent court decisions and possible legislation. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on federal cybersecurity. 2 p.m., 311 [...]

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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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