| March 25, 2014, 4:18 p.m.
Unless a new scientist emerges victorious in the 2014 November elections, the nerd factor on Capitol Hill will have taken a nose dive in the last six years.
| March 25, 2014, 5 a.m.
Will the federal government create another healthcare.gov fiasco in the selection of the next Local Number Portability Administrator? Or has it learned that complex, critical IT projects require very careful deliberation and strong technical leadership over many years? The current evidence says “no” and reminds me of the words of a song from my youth: “When will they ever learn?”
| March 24, 2014, 7:06 p.m.
Pressed to delve into lessons learned from the Oct. 3 shooting of Miriam Carey, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine stood by the department’s use of force Monday.
| March 21, 2014, 3:42 p.m.
This month, transit agencies around the country are in D.C. for the American Public Transportation Association legislative conference. An issue that surfaced in many of our meetings is “patent trolls” — shell companies that purchase patents with no intention of innovating or inventing, but rather, suing those who do — and how they are crippling transit agencies with meritless threats.
| March 13, 2014, 5 a.m.
Mobile applications are revolutionizing our lives, and they have the very real potential to revolutionize our health care system for the better. Every day the mobile application and mobile health industries grow, but unfortunately the federal structure regulating mobile apps hasn’t been able to keep up. Worse, regulators seem to believe the old regulatory framework, created when most used typewriters and carbon paper, is well-suited to ensure mobile apps are safe and effective.
| March 12, 2014, 4:41 p.m.
In the aftermath of major hacking attacks at retail giants Target and Neiman Marcus, lawmakers have been searching for a way to move forward on data security legislation and seem to have arrived on one area of limited bipartisan consensus — creating a federal standard requiring companies to disclose data breaches.
| March 12, 2014, 1:39 p.m.
Contrary to popular belief, Congress could enact bipartisan legislation on behalf of American innovators and businesses — reforms to our patent system are one such example.
| March 12, 2014, 1:36 p.m.
Throughout our nation’s history, great ideas have powered our economic prosperity and security, from the Industrial Revolution to the Internet age. Safeguarding those great ideas were so important to our Founding Fathers that they included patent protection in the U.S. Constitution. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution charges Congress with overseeing a patent system to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.”
| March 10, 2014, 5:20 p.m.
Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States but for the entire planet.
| March 10, 2014, 11:48 a.m.
As the weather turned unseasonably cold for the third day of South By Southwest, discussions about entrepreneurship and immigration heated up.
| March 7, 2014, 2:14 p.m.
“All I could visualize, to be perfectly honest, was being a teacher, a social worker and a secretary,” said Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif.
| March 4, 2014, 4 a.m.
Three years ago, a dozen leading consumer electronics companies collaborated to create the “Billion Pound Challenge.” The goal: recycle one billion pounds of electronic devices annually, enough to fill an entire NFL stadium. As of last April, the industry was more than halfway to its original goal, with 585 million pounds responsibly recycled — up from 300 million pounds in 2010. But now a patchwork of state rules mandating recycling is inadvertently complicating this effort to reach our billion-pound stretch goal.
| Feb. 26, 2014, 5:31 p.m.
As the Federal Communications Commission begins an effort to rewrite its net neutrality rules, some public interest groups want the agency to take a greater step to reclassify the way it regulates broadband services.
| Feb. 26, 2014, 5:26 p.m.
Aug. 5, 2005 — The Federal Communications Commission adopts a policy statement that consumers are entitled to: access their choice of legal Internet content, use services and run applications of their choosing, and have competition among network, application, service and content providers.
| Feb. 25, 2014, 4 a.m.
Apparently some members of Congress think about more than re-election.
| Feb. 18, 2014, 4 a.m.
This Presidents Day, please take a moment to reflect on Ulysses S. Grant, the only U.S. president to die of cancer. Pain from oral cancer left him mute and unable to eat solid food. A man whose voice had commanded the attention of kings and queens was left to communicate with his physician through penciled notes. These handwritten missives leave an intimate and harrowing account of Grant’s debilitation and pain. Biographer Horace Green found the majority of these notes “too pitiful for print.”
| Feb. 18, 2014, 4 a.m.
What happens when a government agency adjudicates without authority, assuming Congress will simply provide forgiveness, rather than ask for permission? That is the question that is being asked this week after the Federal Trade Commission petitioned Congress for powers it does not currently have regarding data breaches and cybersecurity while already exercising the very powers they seek.
| Feb. 14, 2014, 4 a.m.
Congress has been unable to do anything about most of the important problems facing Americans, but it’s having no trouble drumming up bipartisan support for needless regulations aimed at solving problems that don’t yet exist. The House Transportation Committee’s latest coup is a proposed ban on cellphone calls on airplanes, which would effectively curb any extension of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to allow in-flight phone usage after years of prohibition. Although many people may find other passengers’ phone conversations to be annoying, so long as they do not present a safety threat, it’s not the government’s business to legislate them.
| Feb. 10, 2014, 4 a.m.
As retailers, every day we seek to provide customers the goods and services they want at the best value. But retailers also know that consumers demand more than just a good deal, they expect to be treated fairly and honestly. Consumers also expect that their purchases are made in an environment where personal information is secure.
| Feb. 7, 2014, 4 a.m.
Eighteen years ago this month, when Congress last updated the regulation of telecommunications, it was both right on time and too soon.