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This EDUCAUSE resource library page underscores the connections among national, state, and campus levels and how Congress, federal agencies, and the courts all play a role in shaping IT law, as well as why this matters to higher education. EDUCAUSE Policy is the program that directly works in this area.
Below are some links to additional helpful resources outside of EDUCAUSE.
- United States Congress
- Independent Federal Agencies
- The White House & Executive Agencies
- National Associations and Alliances
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Links to Senate and House committees on telecommunications and Internet-related issues as well as other congressional resources.
United States Senate
This page links to the Senate schedule and provides access to Committee and individual Senator websites. The following Senate Committees deal with telecommunications and Internet-related issues:
House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
This page links to the House of Representatives schedule and provides access to Committee and individual Representative websites. The following House of Representative Committees deal with telecommunications and Internet–related issues:
- House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus
This organization provides non–partisan information to Congress on Internet–related issues.
Live webcasts of House and Senate floor activities, press conferences and committee hearings.
- Library of Congress Thomas Legislative Information database
Provides access to past and pending congressional legislation and committee reports, among other useful information on how Congress makes laws.
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
FCC bureaus and offices of special interest to the higher education community:
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States federal government whose mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.
NSF directorates/resources of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
National Science Board
The National Science Board is the governing board of the National Science Foundation, composed of 24 part–time members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They are selected on the basis of their eminence in basic medical, or social sciences, engineering, agriculture, education, research management or public affairs.
White House Resources
The White House
White House offices of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
- Office of Science and Technology Policy
- National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development
The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Information Technology Research and Development (IT R&D) coordinates planning, budget, and assessment activities for the Federal Networking and IT R&D Program. This 12–agency collaborative effort pioneers fundamental advances in the critical technologies of the Nation's information infrastructure, including high performance computing, large–scale networking, and high assurance software and systems design.
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the White House's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
NTIA offices of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
Department of Education Resources
U.S. Department of Education
The U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress.
Department of Education offices and resources of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
Department of Justice Resources
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- American Council on Education
- American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy
- Association of American Universities
- Association of Computing Machinery
- Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA)
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
- Association of Research Libraries
- Computing Research Association
- Digital Due Process Coalition
- National Association of College and University Business Officers
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- Open Internet Coalition
- The Quilt
Benton Foundation Communications Policy Program
The Benton Foundation's mission is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. The foundation's projects cover a wide–range of domestic and international social issues involving information technology and the Internet.
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
CDT works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age, focusing on free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.
Cornell University Computer Policy and Law Program (UCPL)
Provides leadership and discussion forum for higher education institutions developing information technology policies.
The Institute for Computer Policy and Law
Provides leadership to colleges and universities in developing technology policies.
The Markle Foundation
The mission of the Markle Foundation is to accelerate the use of information and communications technology to address critical public needs. One of their three main categories of research is “Policy for a Networked Society.” A full list of research –related publications are available on their website.
The New America Foundation
An independent, non–partisan, non–profit public policy institute that has as one of its many focal points, federal information policy, in particular spectrum policy.
Washington Internet Project/Cybertelecom
Excellent, up–to–date, resource on wide–range of federal Internet and telecommunications policy issues.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Policy and Law
- Providing Private Cloud Services to Support HIPAA Compliance
April 17, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
HIPAA and HIPAA HITECH legislation requires our institutions to protect Electronic Personal Health Information (EPHI). University departments in the health sciences clearly have teaching, researc…
- IT Compliance Framework for Institutions of Higher Ed
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Institutions of higher education are increasingly expected to comply with various regulatory requirements specifically focused at data privacy and protection. Sometimes there could be overlap in ef…
- 26 of 1: Compliance with the Red Flags Rule in Higher Education
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Compliance with financial regulations in higher education, especially the Red Flags Rule, is as complex as it gets; it is a regulation with elusive requirements. Join two university privacy officer…
- Kindle Accessibility Concerns Continue
March 13, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) continues to raise concerns about the accessibility of Amazon's Kindle devices as well as its Kindle apps for other devices (e.g., the iPad) for pe…
- NIST Announces Cybersecurity Framework Workshop
March 13, 2013
The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has announced a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop to be held on April 3rd at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. According t…
- SHLB Summarizes February BTOP/BIP Hearing
March 12, 2013
The SHLB Coalition has provided a nice summary of the February 27 hearing of the House Communications and the Internet Subcommittee. At what SHLB describes as a "contentious" hearing, a…
- The Copyright Alert System Debated by the Congressional Internet Caucus
March 12, 2013
As a follow-up to our recently reported Policy Update blog entitled "Copyright Alert System Goes into Effect," the Congressional Internet Caucus held a briefing on Capitol Hill on …
- NFB Proposes Bill on Accessibility Standards for Digital Instructional Materials
March 12, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has released a fact sheet for proposed national legislation to enact a key recommendation of the Postsecondary Accessible Instructional Ma…
- Sequester Impacts: Army, Marines Suspend Tuition Assistance
March 11, 2013
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recently reported about another impact of the across-the-board automatic federal budget cuts known as the “sequester" …
- ACE Concerned by Wyden-Rubio "Student Right to Know Before You Go Act"
March 7, 2013
Roughly a year ago, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced Senate Bill 2098, "The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act," which quickly gained Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a co-sponso…