Excerpt: Abound was the fifth stimulus-funded loan guarantee issued under Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, as amended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Just nine months after the closing of a $400 million loan guarantee in December 2010, DOE stopped funding the project.
The bipartisan leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Communications and Technology Subcommittee today released data submitted by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the Universal Service Fund high-cost and low-income support programs. The data was supplied by the FCC in response to a request by the committee regarding USF support payments.
Excerpt: The committee has a long bipartisan history of conducting drug safety oversight and is very concerned about these recent developments. We intend to learn more from the FDA, CDC, and others who may provide insight into the details surrounding this outbreak and the prevention of future outbreaks. To read the letter to FDA, click here.
Excerpt: The $1 million spent on speed tests is perhaps emblematic. That stimulus funding, meant to help here at home, was sent abroad to U.K. company SamKnows and - according to the Recovery.Gov website - created no jobs. What was the rationale for sending Americans’ hard earned money overseas for a project that didn’t put any Americans to work, especially in the current fiscal climate?
Excerpt: In the months since the Supreme Court’s ruling that PPACA’s mandatory expansion of Medicaid was unconstitutional, governors and legislatures have been left to navigate alone the regulatory maze created by the absence of guidance from your Department. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: It is critical that your agency do everything possible to advance interoperability and meaningful use of HIT, not just in name only….More than four and a half years and two final Meaningful Use rules later, it is safe to say that we are no closer to interoperability in spite of the nearly $10 billion spent. With the bar for Meaningful Use set so low, and with a focus instead on trying to pad participation rates, these challenges are predictable.