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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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Critical Infrastructure Information

OMB Watch is building a new website to serve as a central point of access to information on Critical Infrastructure Information.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Congressional Tool for Information Access

The ruling could have great implications, especially in light of the fact that The General Accounting Office (GAO) is preparing to sue Vice President Dick Cheney for information about the meetings of his energy task force.

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GAO Prepares to Sue Cheney

GAO has power under federal law to conduct investigations for purposes of congressional oversight of the executive branch, as well as to sue officials that defy Congressional authority.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Federal Community Technology Centers Program

Community Technology Centers (CTCs) are increasingly emerging around the country to provide low-income, minority, and other disenfranchised individuals free or low-cost public access to technology tools and services, including trainings that may enhance employment opportunities. Federally funded research has demonstrated CTCs to be an effective community-based model, and Congress appropriated $32.5 million in FY 2000 to support CTCs. The Clinton Administration has proposed increasing the budget for CTCs in FY 2001 to $100 million.

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8/17/00 Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal

[NOTE: The following letter was submitted to, but not published by, the Wall Street Journal] August 16, 2000 Letters to the Editor The Wall Street Journal 200 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281 To the Editor, ------------------------------------------ Daniel Askt's 8/9/00 letter, “My Old Computer Can Bridge the Digital Divide” completely misses the mark by trivializing the “digital divide” as a simple matter of whether one has access to a computer. It is about education, not only on how to use a computer, but also on basic literacy.

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CTCs Receive Funding Increase in Final FY 2001 Budget Agreement

In the FY 2001 budget deal reached on Friday 12/15/00, the Community Technology Centers program under the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education ( received $65 million which will help create 650 CTCs in low-income rural and urban neighborhoods.

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Federal Funding for Community Technology in Jeopardy

The major Federal grant program for community technology centers may, within the next several working days, be deleted from the FY 2002 budget. That, combined with the threated reduction in the Commerce Department's TOP program, would signal a dramatic decline in government support for innovative uses of technology to connect communities and opportunities for residents of low-income communities to learn and utilize computer-related skills. Until a week or so ago, it looked like the

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CTCs Cited in the Presidential Race

Gov. Bush states both on his website and in a campaign Fact Sheet: (PDF file) that he, "will invest $400 million to create and maintain more than 2,000 community technology centers every year. These centers are providing such services as free Internet access, computer literacy training, and professional skills development." Vice President Gore's , released yesterday, includes a goal of creating 2,000 Community Technology Centers in low-income neighborhoods by 2002, stating that CTCs provide hands-on training for children and adults lacking IT skills, "the people who need it most."

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CTC Appropriations in Holding Pattern

Appropriations for CTCs-- currently tagged at $80 million under VA-HUD-- have not progressed since late summer. As of this writing, the Senate has only passed 7 out of its 13 spending bills, three just made it out of committee but have yet to be voted upon, and two have not made it out of committee. More significantly, only one-- Interior appropriations-- has actually been reported out of its House-Senate conference committee. No other appropriations bill has made it to House-Senate conference yet.

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U.S. Dept. of Education CTC Program Issues Request for Proposals

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a new round of grants under its Community Technology Centers program. Proposals are due July 16, 2001. There is a reported US$32 million available for U.S. community technology centers under this program. Nearly 200 one-year grants, between US$75-300,000, are available for groups meeting the eligibility guidelines. The grants will be for one year. Cost sharing of 30 percent is required.

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Resources & Research

Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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