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Citizens Against Government Waste Highlights GAO Duplication Report

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) highlighted the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) eighth annual report on, “Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits.”

Recognizing the Value of Women’s Intellectual Property Rights on World IP Day

The creative influence of women around the globe is of critical importance to innovation.

Online Sales Tax Debate to See Day in Court

During the first week of April, 2018, a number of organizations filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court with respect to the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and NewEgg, Inc.  The petitioner in the case seeks to overturn the physical nexus requirement specified by the Supreme Court in 1992, when it ruled on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.

Getting Ready for 5G

There are several technologies being considered for developing the next generation of communications infrastructure.  Among those being studied and deployed are the use of TV white spaces for rural broadband connectivity; wireless fixed broadband initiatives; satellite broadband, and the development of fifth generation (5G) technologies for mobile communications.

An Open Internet Excludes Net Neutrality

There is a huge misunderstanding regarding net neutrality.  Silicon Valley dot-coms and big e-commerce corporations are pushing the idea that the Restoring Internet Freedom Order approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 14, 2017 somehow rolled back protections for consumers, and will lead to the end of the internet as we know it.  But, it did nothing of the sort.  It simply rolled back the heavy hand of government over the internet, and restored consumer protection to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which was stripped out by the 2015 Open Internet Order.

Coalition Letter: Urge Congress to Stop CFPB Rule Curtailing Short-Term Consumer Loans

February 6, 2018

Dear Member of Congress:

The undersigned organizations write in strong support of a resolution introduced in the House of Representatives, H.J. Res. 122, providing for congressional disapproval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s small-dollar loan rule. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the resolution only requires a simple majority to pass both houses. If signed by the president, it would block the rule from coming into effect and prohibit the CFPB from issuing a similar rule without Congressional authorization.

Microsoft/Ireland Case Poses Opportunity for Congress

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have a hard time agreeing on anything.  But, they might concur that it is not appropriate for law enforcement officials to order a cloud services provider to turn over customer data stored in another country without that country’s permission.

Reducing Government's Footprint on the Music Industry

On January 28, 2018, the music industry will gather at the Grammy Awards.  Country legends, pop artists, classical musicians, producers, and songwriters will be among those recognized for their innovation in music and sound.

Coalition Alert: Dispelling Myths About Passenger Facility Charges

November 30, 2017

Dear Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Cochran, Ranking Member Lowey, Vice Chairman Leahy, and members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations:

We the undersigned write to you today to dispel myths surrounding a proposal to increase the current airport passenger facility charge (PFC) cap from $4.50 to $8.50.

CCAGW to Treasury: Modernize IT Systems to Prevent Fraud

Last week, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, urging his department to modernize its information Technology (IT) systems and improve its fraud detection efforts.

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CAGW Names Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser April 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor Bowser is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to bail out the failing Washington Metrorail system by taxing Uber and Lyft riders.