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/
- OMB Extends Ban On New Federal Websites (informationweek.com)
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.
- LightSquared Faces Congress, Amends Plan (pcworld.com)
- Latest Headache for Phil Falcone: Hurricane Tracking (blogs.wsj.com)
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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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.
- Three Major Issues with the iPhone Tracking “Discovery (Alex Levison)
- iPhone Recording Your Location – Part 2: Don’t Panic (Social Times)
- Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move (readwriteweb.com)
- Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move (nytimes.com)
- 3G Apple iOS Devices Are Storing Users’ Location Data (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
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
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.
See also article by Beth Noveck, former Deputy CTO, OSTP:
- Data.gov & 7 Other Sites to Shut Down After Budgets Cut (readwriteweb.com)
- The Irony of Cutting Budget for Data.gov (kinlane.com)
- Beth Simone Noveck: Why Cutting E-Gov Funding Threatens American Jobs (huffingtonpost.com)
- Group Says Open Government Programs are ‘Priceless’ (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)