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Technology Legislative Alerts
Americans for Properity is happy to join a coalition of organizations in support of Representative Goodlatte’s Innovation Act, which is scheduled to be considered on the the House floor tomorrow. Led by the R Street Institute, today the Coalition sent the following letter to Capitol Hill:
The messy implementation of ObamaCare continues with the HealthCare.gov rollout. Pushing criticism aside, the White House tried to convince Americans that the health care website issues were mere “glitches”. Things only got worse. So the Administration’s blame game began. Excuses are plentiful and fingers are pointed in all directions. However, the game finally concluded last week as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed responsibility for the website debacle. Unfortunately, that does not remedy this calamity nor improve the future situation. Attempting to fix this disaster is only going to rack up a bigger bill for tax payers –on top of the $400 million spent creating it. Gross negligence, poor planning and bureaucrats caused these problems while further proving the point that government can’t effectively invest in IT.
In today’s modern world it is no secret that technology provides incredible advantages. By investing in technology, the doors to greater efficiency and productivity are opened. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for the U.S. government. The government has invested billions in technology over the last decade, but the investments are not generating the results they hoped for. According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the $600 billion in information technology (IT) investments have resulted in little productivity gain, especially when compared to private sector IT investments. The government is investing more than $82 billion a year of taxpayer dollars in technology yet has little to show for it. These spending rates and the lack of results yielded call into question the quality of investments being made, as well as oversight from managing agencies and Congress.
By Casey Given Despite the Federal Communications Commission’s repeated efforts to expand their regulatory reach over the Internet beyond what Congress has authorized, their Open Internet order may finally be neutralized in the D.C. Court of Appeals. Last Monday, two out of three judges who heard in Verizon’s challenge to the 2010 rule expressed doubt [...]
On May 20, the Supreme Court handed down a potentially important decision in Arlington v. FCC. This decision further embeds the Court’s deference to administrative agencies’ interpretation of statutes. Justice Scalia wrote for the majority that it was irrelevant that this case dealt with the FCC’s interpretation of its own jurisdiction; he insisted the landmark Chevron test still applies. Scalia wrote that the question is “always whether the agency has gone beyond what Congress has permitted it to do, there is no principled basis for carving out some arbitrary subset of such claims as ‘jurisdictional’.”