NPTalk: File Sharing Among Nonprofits

NPTalk considers some benefits, and costs, around peer-to-peer for organizations. "Peer-to-peer," an effort to broaden the network capacity of individual users by distributing the workload and access to files among individual users, has usually only been considered in the context of file sharing and attendant copyright issues. Should nonprofits be taking a "napster" on the technology, or are there applications which can serve as a wake-up call to the sector. NPTalk considers some benefits, and costs, around peer-to-peer for organizations.

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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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Information Collection Requests up for Expiration

Normally, when agencies have pending paperwork requests at OIRA that do not get reviewed by the expiration date, approval for one year is inferred under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

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Bush Names Faith-Based Director, Announces New Program

Jim Towey takes over the Faith-Based office after a year of false starts and legislative stagnation. One of the administration's original plans, direct government funding of religious institutions' social service work, has proven to be an extremely controversial issue, and has held up legislation that would provide more donations for charities.

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Campaign Finance Comes Back To Life In The House

OMB Watch has urged Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) to strengthen the portion of their bill dealing with exceptions to the ban on broadcast "issue advocacy" during an election cycle. The bill would allow the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to make rules exempting these activities, but does not require the FEC to act.

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Massachusetts Court Orders Implementation Of Clean Elections Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said the state legislature had violated the state Constitution by refusing to appropriate the funds required by the state's new clean elections law. The law was approved by 2/3 of the voters in a ballot initiative in 1998, and established a system of voluntary public financing for candidates for state office.

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NPTalk: Congress Online Report

In a study conducted August-October 2001, Congressional web sites were assessed, assigned letter grades of A to F, and evaluated by a committee of experts who considered which sites were worthy of designation as Congress Online Gold or Silver Mouse Award winners. Did Congress pass the test?

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