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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]