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Watch it live: Obama to sign workforce bill

After years of inaction, legislation is finally moving forward that acknowledges the ways that libraries work to help the public gain important employment skills and find jobs. Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a

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No amendment offered to limit FCC’s funding ability on E-rate.

The ALA Washington is getting word from the Hill that a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funding to the Federal E-rate programs has been withdrawn.

Posted in E-Rate, Legislation, Library Advocacy

President called by ALA and partners to again threaten veto of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” info sharing legislation advancing in Senate

As recently reported, Senate Intelligence Committee “markup” and approval of the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), S. 2588, was delayed until after Congress’ brief July 4 recess . . . but not for long.  Again meeting in

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legislation, Library Advocacy, OGR, Privacy & Surveillance, Washington Office News

Possible amendment damaging to E-rate is expected soon.

The ALA Washington Office just got off a conference call with House Democratic Leadership regarding a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funds to the Federal

Posted in E-Rate, Legislation, Library Advocacy

When the watchdog whimpers: new report proposes no legal fixes for NSA’s warrantless “702” surveillance program

Created as an independent federal agency by Congress in 2007 to safeguard the public’s privacy and civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has just adopted and published its second major report

Posted in Cybersecurity, Intellectual Freedom, Legislation, Library Advocacy, OGR, Privacy & Surveillance

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