Looking to make our government leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly, the President will call on Congress to reinstate the authority that past Presidents had, over decades, to reorganize the government. With the exception of President Ford, every President from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan had reorganization authority. Presidents had this sort of authority for almost the entire period from 1932 through 1984.Unlike the authority granted in the past, the President's proposal would initiate new accountability by mandating that any plan must consolidate government - reducing the number of agencies or saving taxpayer dollars.
The goal is to make it easier for businesses to search the full range of government information, programs, and services they need to compete globally -- without having to navigate their way through an overwhelming bureaucracy.
At BusinessUSA, you'll be able to find a wide range of relevant and timely federal government data, services, and programs -- wherever, whenever, on your terms.
To persuade them to relinquish such power, certainly, Obama must not at first appear to have too radical of an agenda for using it. Thus, the White House's only proposal so far is being portrayed as "streamlining" and "shrinking the federal government." Associated Press announced that the president's first plan will consolidate six Commerce agencies, take burdens off of businesses, cut 1,000 government jobs (albeit only through attrition), and save $3 billion (albeit only stretched across 10 years).
While any proposal too radical could easily be squashed in the current House by a simple up-or-down vote in principle, the political pressure against voting down any measure that alleges to cut spending and shrink government up front will likely be problematic even for conservatives.
For all his deviousness, this move is very cunning on Obama's part. If Congress agrees, then it relinquishes power and submits to Obama's leadership and authority. Obama comes out looking good. If Congress balks, it can be accused of not wanting to cut government size and spending after all. Congress looks bad. Heads he wins, tails they lose.
Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small. Across the globe, the openness of the Internet is increasingly central to innovation in business, government, and society and it must be protected. To minimize this risk, new legislation must be narrowly targeted only at sites beyond the reach of current U.S. law, cover activity clearly prohibited under existing U.S. laws, and be effectively tailored, with strong due process and focused on criminal activity. Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing.
We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet. Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security. Our analysis of the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online. We must avoid legislation that drives users to dangerous, unreliable DNS servers and puts next-generation security policies, such as the deployment of DNSSEC, at risk.
Let us be clear--online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. It harms everyone from struggling artists to production crews, and from startup social media companies to large movie studios. While we are strongly committed to the vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, existing tools are not strong enough to root out the worst online pirates beyond our borders. That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors and rights holders new legal tools to combat online piracy originating beyond U.S. borders while staying true to the principles outlined above in this response. We should never let criminals hide behind a hollow embrace of legitimate American values.
This is not just a matter for legislation. We expect and encourage all private parties, including both content creators and Internet platform providers working together, to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy.
OPEN-Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act
He previously served as Director of the National Cyber Security Center. Prior to that Beckstrom was Chairman and Chief Catalyst of TWIKI.NET, a company which supports TWiki, an open source wiki. He was also co-founder, Chairman and CEO of CATS Software Inc., a derivatives and risk management software company which went public on NASDAQ and later was sold to Misys PLC.
On behalf of its many constituencies and industries, CRIDO is committed to aggressively fighting ICANN's proposed program, citing its deeply flawed justification, excessive cost and harm to brand owners, likelihood of predatory cyber harm to consumers and failure to act in the public interest, a core requirement of its commitment to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Standardize query, response and error message structure.
Oblige Whois services to let users search not just by domain, but also by other data elements, such as name and address.
Add more data, such as IM handles, abuse contacts, and the history of a domain's ownership (Whowas?), to Whois records.
Create a way to authenticate Whois users. This could support more standardized privacy services, with only police, for example, able to access the private data of individual registrants.
Make all new gTLD registries host a "fat" Whois and encourage VeriSign to migrate away from its "thin" .com database.
Proxy privacy services could continue, he said, but police want a single, global agreement that ICANN would sign with registries and registrars, modelled on the existing RAA contract.
Such an agreement would make it easier for police to quickly have sites taken down based on breaches in the terms and conditions.
Hoare said he was speaking not for the UK but on behalf of "global law enforcement", which he said wants "mandatory minimum standards" rather than voluntary codes of conduct.
"The price of domains may rise to cover this cost," he said.
The TZ Database, as it is known, keeps track of all the different time zones of the world as an offset of Greenwich Mean Time, including leap seconds, various regional modifications for daylight saving time, and other temporal variances.
Operating systems such as Unix, Linux and Apple's MacOS rely on this database to coordinate times across different geographic regions, as do the Oracle and MySQL databases and many programs written in Java, Perl and PHP.
At a press conference on Saturday, ElBaradei said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over from Mubarak, had governed "as if no revolution took place and no regime has fallen".
"My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework," the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog said.
Although widely respected, ElBaradei was considered unlikely to secure the presidency later this year.
Home Concrete was not the only Son of Boss case where the IRS was pressed for time during its crackdown. So in 2009, the agency, interpreting a precedent-setting 1958 Supreme Court decision, made a controversial move: it wrote a regulation giving itself authority to use a six-year statute of limitations period and appealed some of the cases it had lost.
"The IRS didn't like existing law so it changed the law," said the NFIB's Gaudio.
A "flash" message received in the Kremlin today from the Northern Fleet Command, whose Russian Navy flotilla is in the Mediterranean Sea after having just left their Syrian port of call, reports that the anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko has detected the firing of a torpedo having the "unmistakable signature" of one fired from a kilo-class submarine near Isola del Giglio a popular vacation island about 18 miles off the Italian Tuscan coast.
Most disturbing about this “flash” message, however, is its stating that the only known submarine currently suspected to be in the Mediterranean Sea is one, or possibly two, possessing kilo-class torpedoes belong to the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN).
The full Afghan Opium Survey for 2011 points to a dramatic increase of 133 per cent in the farm-gate value of opium compared with 2010 (the summary findings of the survey were issued in September 2011). Released today by the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics of Afghanistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the survey reveals that the farm-gate income generated by opium probably amounted to $1.4 billion, equivalent to 9 per cent of the GDP of Afghanistan in 2011.
Even more striking is the potential income derived from opium production. Export earnings from Afghan opiates may be worth $2.4 billion - equivalent to 15 per cent of GDP. Such vast sums cannot easily be earned in other ways. "Opium is therefore a significant part of the Afghan economy and provides considerable funding to the insurgency and fuels corruption," said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC.
Now mic-checking, while intentionally disruptive, is an completely peaceful tactic that has been employed in a wide-variety of settings during the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The CEO of Wells Fargo, representatives of JP Morgan Chase, Newt Gingrich, and even President Obama have been targets of this practice. But not even President Obama responded with as much aggression and ignorance as the San Diego police officers in attendance (with full blessing of the Mayor).
Not content to simply escort the OWS protesters out of the venue, at least three were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy for their actions.
Santorum and Huntsman did not submit signatures and failed to qualify for the ballot. Officials testified Friday that Santorum's campaign collected 8,000 but did not turn them in because campaign officials knew they fell short. Huntsman's campaign officials said they did not want to pay $100,000 to a firm to collect the signatures.
We have lowered the long-term ratings on Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, and Spain by two notches; lowered the long-term ratings on Austria, France, Malta, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia, by one notch; and affirmed the long-term ratings on Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. All ratings on the 16 sovereigns have been removed from CreditWatch where they were placed with negative implications on Dec. 5, 2011 (except for Cyprus, which was first placed on CreditWatch on Aug. 12, 2011).
Several of Saturday morning's newspapers report that the legal limit for payments in cash is to be reduced from 15,000 to 5,000 Euro. The new measures are intended to help in the battle against money laundering. The Federal Secretary of State responsible for tackling fraud John Crombez (Flemish socialist) told journalists that "There is evidence that payment by bank transfer reduces the risk of fraud".
Within the next few years, the maximum limit for cash payments will be further reduced. Mr Crombez hopes that by the end of the current legislature the limit will stand at 3,000 Euro.
The government is to adopt a phased approach to reducing the limit, as it wants to ensure that it will be respected.
"As far as I'm concerned, if we are successful in ensuring the limit is respected, it can be reduced still further in the future, as has been the case in some other countries."
Concrete plans for a control mechanism are being discussed within the federal cabinet. The measures currently only apply to goods. Services such as those offered by the liberal professions like solicitors are currently exempt.
Mr Crombez is considering extending the limit to cover services as well.
Next year, the borough council plans to introduce parking fees based on the length of the car. This means the owners of large cars will end up paying twice as much to park than the owners of small runabouts, the paper says.
2) conditionally deregulate it by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops (including organic).
Forty-three percent of voters answered at least three of the questions correctly, compared with just 16% of non-voters. Voters were least able to name the candidate who opposes U.S. involvement in Afghanistan (Ron Paul), and to name the (upcoming) primary that follows nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire (South Carolina).
Fewer than half of registered voters (45%) identify South Carolina as the state with the next primary after Iowa and New Hampshire (the survey was conducted Jan. 4-8, before New Hampshire's Jan. 10 primary). And while Ron Paul fared well in the early GOP contests, just 44% of voters identify Paul as the Republican candidate who opposes U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.
"U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok," the embassy said in an emergency message.
"U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public."
Americans are encouraged to be alert for unattended packages in crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.
They are also encouraged to "keep a low profile in public areas, particularly areas frequented by foreign tourists."
A recent FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for "manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ" was met with a telling denial. In it, the FBI stated it did have responsive documents - but they were exempt under a provision that covers materials that, if disclosed, might reasonably interfere with an ongoing investigation.
Your clock is accurate and you're not caught in a science fiction. Clock time might not signify a particular time of the day, as we know it, if a proposal to amend the global standard of timekeeping is passed at a conference in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in mid-January.
The proposal, put forward by the United States, suggests a switch to International Atomic Time (TAI) from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the timekeeping standard currently followed across the world.
"The proposal is backed by most developed countries, and a vote is likely at a conference of the ITU in mid-January," said Dong Shaowu, a senior researcher of the National Time Service Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Chinese delegation to the conference.
The more precise TAI might bring technical benefits to some industries, such as satellite navigation and air-traffic control systems, according to Dong.
"Even if this proposal is approved, it will not impact public life in the short term in a big way. However, some industries that require high precision of time will be affected," said Liu Changhong, a senior engineer at the National Time Service Center.
The decision to be made in Geneva may be the most important since 1961, when the world adopted UTC, based on Greenwich Mean Time - the cornerstone of international timekeeping since 1884.