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OMB Paperwork Reduction Act & Information Collection Budget for FY 2010

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA),8 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to report to Congress on the paperwork burden imposed on the public by the Federal Government and on efforts to reduce that burden. For over 30 years, OMB has complied with this requirement by issuing an Information Collection Budget (ICB). The 2011 ICB reports on the paperwork burden imposed on the public during fiscal year (FY) 2010 and explores other issues with respect to implementation of the PRA. The 2011 ICB is available on OMB’s website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_infocoll/

LightSquared May Degrade Hurricane Tracking, Agencies Say – Bloomberg

By Todd Shields, Bloomberg, September 8, 2011

…Philip Falcone’s LightSquared wireless service needs more testing because it may degrade precision services that track hurricanes, guide farmers and help build flood defenses, U.S. agencies are to tell Congress today. LightSquared’s signals may disrupt precise gear that reads data from the satellite-based global-positioning system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Transportation Department and a federal advisory body said in testimony prepared for a hearing by the House science committee. …

For full text of the article, visit LightSquared May Degrade Hurricane Tracking, Agencies Say – Bloomberg.

Status of FY 2012 Appropriations Bills

by Richard Jones, AIP FYI Blog, August 31, 2011

The next few months will be important in determining the funding of federal scientific research in Fiscal Year 2012.  Although FY 2012 starts a month from tomorrow, Congress is unlikely to settle on final budgets until later this year.  Short term funding will be provided through one or bills.  The outlook is more promising for a quicker resolution of the final appropriations than in previous years because Congress and the Administration have settled on an overall cap on FY 2012 discretionary spending

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GIS Analyst Position at the Congressional Research Service

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Job Title: Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Agency: Library Of Congress Congressional Research Service

Job Announcement Number: 110094

SALARY RANGE: $89,033.00 – $115,742.00 /year

OPEN PERIOD: Monday, June 20, 2011 to Monday, July 11, 2011

SERIES & GRADE: GS-1370-13/13



DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington, DC


JOB SUMMARY: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Knowledge Services Group (KSG) seeks a Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. The person hired for this position will work in partnership with analysts, attorneys, information professionals, graphic design specialists, and cartographers to find and use authoritative GIS sources to create sophisticated geospatial models and visual materials that anticipate and illustrate complex public policy issues for the Congress. As part of this work, the GIS Analyst will provide GIS analysis and support; and develop policies and guidelines for the GIS program, including development of clear procedures for intake of requests, prioritization of work, identification of division of labor, definition of deliverables, and following through with clients. The GIS Analyst will also provide training and promote GIS services throughout CRS. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century. CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

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Congress, FCC look into Apple tracking

By Kim Hart and Tony Romm, posted April 21, 2011

A hidden feature in the iPhone and iPad operating software that silently tracks consumers’ location has caught the attention of the FCC and Congress. An FCC official told POLITICO the agency is looking into the matter. On Wednesday, a study was released that found Apple’s popular devices were periodically tracking and storing users’ longitude and latitude coordinates along with time stamps.

For full text of the article, visit Congress, FCC look into Apple tracking – Kim Hart and Tony Romm – POLITICO.com.

Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms

by Alex Howard, Gov20.govfresh, April 1, 2011 4:35 pm

Data.gov, IT.USASpending.gov, and other five other websites that offer platforms for open government transparency are facing imminent closure. A comprehensive report filed by Jason Miller, executive editor of Federal News Radio, confirmed that the United States of Office of Management and Budget is planning to take open government websites offline over the next four months because of a 94% reduction in federal government funding in the Congressional budget. …

Great article, check it out: Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms | Gov 2.0: The Power of Platforms.

Budget Cuts Threatening Data.gov

Budget Cuts Threatening Data.gov

The Tehterless World Weblog, March 31st, 2011

You may have heard that the Data.gov website is going to be shut down. I wish I could say this is completely false, but I can at least say that it is a bit premature — if Congress cuts the budgets to the threatened level, a number of sites, including Data.gov will have trouble continuing to grow, and some may have to be shut down — but right now the budget cuts are not final, and the plans are still in the works.

via The Tetherless World Weblog » Budget Cuts Threatening Data.gov.

See also article by Beth Noveck, former Deputy CTO, OSTP:

Why Cutting e-Gov Funding Threatens American Jobs

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