December 7, 2020 | Dan Lips

Why GAO is Congress’s Best Investment

A new report examines the Congressional watchdog’s return-on-investment Facing a December 11 deadline to fund the federal government, Congress must finalize its annual spending bills or punt those negotiations into the new year. As lawmakers negotiate on Capitol Hill, taxpayers should keep an eye on one small line item in the federal budget.  Last year,

November 10, 2020 | Dan Lips

Why Congress Should Fully Fund Its Watchdog

An extra $76 million in funding for GAO could yield $7 billion in savings based on recent performance The lame-duck session is underway. As the clock winds down on the 116th Congress, lawmakers have a busy agenda for its final weeks–from considering a new emergency spending bill to NDAA and a December 11th deadline to
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November 2, 2020 | Zach Graves

Policy Update for August-October 2020

The following post was originally set as an email newsletter to our friends and supporters. Re: Lincoln Policy Team Activities for August-October 2020 Dear friend of Lincoln: Next week we look forward to the 2020 election. I already voted early here in DC. On that Friday, November 6, we are kicking off our annual Reboot conference, and continuing it on

November 2, 2020 | Dan Lips

Listen to the Intelligence Community’s Warnings Ahead of the Election

Voting is one the most important civic responsibilities in the United States. In 2020, being a responsible voter also involves understanding the rules of the election, the threat foreign interference, and reporting potential wrongdoing to the appropriate authorities if necessary. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe recently held a press

October 30, 2020 | Garrett Johnson

Promote Competition Without Punishing Success

The “break-them-up” crowd does not grasp the negative consequences of sweeping anti-tech actions. With declining public sentiment about the tech industry and its impact on society, we’ve witnessed a growing chorus of advocates and policymakers arguing that now is the time for the federal government to take drastic action. Indeed, half of Americans now favor breaking up and more

October 29, 2020 | Sean Roberts

Interviews with Election Officials from Across the Country

What Should the Voter Do? Over the past month, I have been interviewing a cross section of election officials from around the country. These are election officials with a deep insight into the election system. Being so close to the election, Lincoln Network wanted to help American voters by presenting the perspective of the public

October 26, 2020 | Jordan McGillis

Ant Goes Marching

Ant Group, the company behind China’s online payment revolution, intends to list on both the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges by the end of this month. At $35-$40 billion, it would be the biggest IPO ever. Significant investment interest in Ant Group has bubbled up in the West, including from American firms like Fidelity

October 23, 2020 | Dan Lips

How Congress Can Leverage GAO to Expand Taxpayer Savings

GAO’s Work Has Yielded $1.1 Trillion in Taxpayer Savings Since 1999. But Congress Can Do More to Leverage Them. The United States faces growing governance and fiscal challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the federal government’s limited ability to manage a national crisis. The Congressional Budget Office warns that the national debt will eclipse GDP

October 20, 2020 | Joel Thayer

The DoD’s Plan to Nationalize 5G and Its Implications

Based off of its recent Request For Information (RFI), the United States’ Department of Defense (DoD) intends to balkanize the internet by nationalizing the U.S.’s 5G networks. Make no mistake, the DoD’s plan in releasing this RFI is nothing short of an attempt to capture the 5G market. It makes clear that the DoD seeks

October 9, 2020 | Zach Graves

Further Improving the House Committee on Appropriations

Click here to download a PDF of the letter October 7, 2020 Dear Representatives DeLauro, Kaptur, and Wasserman Schultz: We write to commend you for releasing proposals to further strengthen the responsiveness, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of the House Committee on Appropriations. We applaud your energetic campaigns and your continued service to our country. The
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October 8, 2020 | Zach Graves

Conservatives Unite to Send a Message to Congress: Don’t Nationalize 5G

Following the Department of Defense (DoD) Request for Information on a government-managed process for 5G development and action, Americans for Tax Reform led a group of 43 center-right organizations, think tanks, and policy experts in a coalition letter thanking  U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) for his leadership and support for the American competitive approach to 5G deployment. Recently, Sen.
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October 8, 2020 | Garrett Johnson

Avoiding the 1876 Scenario in November

By Garrett Johnson With five weeks to go, Americans from all walks of life and the different sides of the political spectrum should think ahead and prepare to do their part to help the country avoid an 1876 scenario. In 1876, the presidential election reopened the nation’s still healing wounds from the Civil War. The nation

October 8, 2020 | Sean Roberts

Potential Election Crisis Looms in November

By Sean Roberts Viewers who watched the final moments of last week’s presidential debate got a glimpse of the potential crisis facing the United States in November. President Trump sharply criticized expanded voting-by-mail, warned that it will result in widespread fraud and mistakes, and committed to challenging results he deemed unfair. Former Vice President Joe

September 15, 2020 | Lars Schönander

The Case for Supporting Open Source Infrastructure

The majority of digital tools that you use at some point are built on a foundation of open source projects. If you use an iPhone, it most likely stores data in a SQLite database, an open source database that was designed to be easily embedded in devices. The websites you browse are often made with

August 31, 2020 | Jordan McGillis

The Chinese App We Should Really Be Talking About

While TikTok is taking up much oxygen in our media ecosystem, another Chinese app provides a more interesting point of departure from which to discuss Sino-American relations. That app is Xuexi Qiangguo. “Study Xi, Strong Nation” Xuexi Qiangguo, or “Study Xi, Strong Nation” is an app produced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to instruct

August 31, 2020 | Dan Lips

Understanding the Risk of Ballot Harvesting Across the United States

13 States Have No Laws Addressing Who Can Deliver Absentee Ballots The November election is less than 100 days away. In most states, voters will soon be able to cast their ballots due to new rules allowing no-excuse absentee balloting.  In a recent Lincoln Network working paper, Sean Roberts and Alexiaa Jordan discuss the tradeoffs

August 19, 2020 | Sean Roberts

Lincoln Shorts Promo Episode 0

Lincoln shorts is really simple idea. Brief discussions on a single topic with a really interesting person. We’ll be focusing on the intersection of government and technology, left coast and right coast. Subscribe now! Contributors: Sean Roberts

August 10, 2020 | Dan Lips

It’s Time for Change at the Department of Homeland Security

Congress must refocus DHS’s missions and address dysfunctional oversight   The following article was co-authored by Keith Ashdown and Dan Lips. The Trump Administration’s decision to send hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to Portland to protect federal buildings and confront (and beat up) protesters and rioters highlights longstanding problems with the Department of Homeland

August 7, 2020 | Zach Graves

Lincoln Supports Video Broadcast of Appropriations Committee Legislative Markups

Click here to download a PDF of the letter. The Honorable Richard Shelby Chair, Committee on Appropriations United States Senate The Honorable Patrick Leahy Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Dear Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy: We write to respectfully request that video of Senate Appropriations Committee legislative mark-ups be broadcast online
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August 7, 2020 | Sean Roberts

Solutions for Fighting Voting Fraud

Election oversight is critical bulwark protecting the republic from election crimes Publicly elected officers wield power over decision making. The temptation to cheat, lie, and steal to get into public office is too great for some. Strong election oversight is a requirement for a society governed by the rule of law.  We have many historical

August 4, 2020 | Zach Graves

Policy Update for May-July 2020

The following post was originally set as an email newsletter to our friends and supporters. Re: Lincoln Policy Team Activities for May-July 2020 Dear friends and supporters of Lincoln: Thank you for staying in the loop with our work. In the past few months, we’ve worked hard to shift our outputs to virtual. This includes our

July 31, 2020 | Zach Graves

Bipartisan Thanks to the Legislative Branch

Click here to download a PDF of the letter. The Honorable Tim Ryan H-306, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Jamie Herrera Beutler 2352 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Herrera Beutler, and Members of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee: We write in deep appreciation of your efforts to
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July 31, 2020 | Zach Graves

Lincoln Supports Investment in a Small Business Recovery

Click here to download a PDF of the letter. July 27, 2020The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeaker, U.S. House of Representatives The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority Leader, U.S. Senate The Honorable Kevin McCarthyMinority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives The Honorable Charles SchumerMinority Leader, U.S. Senate Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, Schumer, and McCarthy, The COVID-19 pandemic sparked an
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July 29, 2020 | Marshall Kosloff

The Realignment X Lincoln Network

For the past year, Saagar Enjeti, co-host of The Hill‘s Rising with Krystal and Saagar, and I have co-hosted The Realignment podcast. Over 40 plus episodes, we’ve interviewed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, Representative Mike Gallagher, Krystal Ball, Bhaskar Sunkara, J.D. Vance, Megan McArdle, and Jane Coaston, among others.

July 27, 2020 | Marshall Kosloff

The Federalist’s Missed Google Opportunity

Last month, NBC News and the U.K.-based Center for Countering Digital Hate alleged that Google had formally decided to demonetize the conservative digital publication The Federalist over controversial articles about Black Lives Matter. It quickly emerged that NBC‘s initial reporting was inaccurate, with Google subsequently announcing it had not yet prevented The Federalist from using

July 21, 2020 | Alexiaa Jordan

Elections Assistance Commission Circulates CDC Recommendations for In-Person Voting

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued safety guidance for election locations, staffers, and voters. Their standard COVID-19 guidance is mentioned. However, they offered more substantive advice that contradicts some states’ recent actions during their primaries. The CDC broadly supports “any feasible options for reducing the number of voters who congregate

July 17, 2020 | Zach Graves

“Exploring the Feasibility and Security of Technology to Conduct Remote Voting in the House”

Click here to download a PDF of the letter. Hon. Zoe Lofgren, Chair Hon. Rodney Davis, Ranking Member Committee on House Administration Committee on House Administration U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Re: Hearing Entitled “Exploring the Feasibility and Security of Technology to Conduct Remote Voting in the House” Dear Chair Lofgren, Ranking
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July 11, 2020 | Zach Graves

Rebuilding Congress’ Policy Capacity

Click here to read the full article discussing efforts to modernize Congress. Earlier this month, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing on improving staffing capacity and policy expertise in Congress. A major theme of this discussion was the historical loss of congressional staff capacity, and how to address it. To reverse this

July 8, 2020 | Joel Thayer

Lincoln Supports CTA’s Petition to Expand Marketing Opportunities for Innovative Technologies

Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a national trade organization representing more than 2,200 tech companies in the United States, recently submitted a petition for Rulemaking Or, In The Alternative, Waiver To Expand Marketing Opportunities For Innovative Technologies. Lincoln’s letter of support of the petition can be downloaded here Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Federal Communications Commission 445
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July 6, 2020 | Dan Lips

Americans’ Inexperience with Voting By Mail Creates Risks

States should expand absentee balloting but prevent ballot harvesting  Forty-six states and the District of Columbia will allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail in November’s election. But a recent analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that most American have not voted by mail–increasing the risk that ballot harvesting will affect election

June 30, 2020 | Alexiaa Jordan

FCC Moves to Ban Huawei and ZTE from Receiving Federal Subsidies—But More Action Is Needed

Today the Federal Communications Commission formally designated Chinese telecommunication firms Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corporation—and their parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries—as posing national security threats. This move prohibits the use of the $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund, to acquire or maintain equipment from these companies. The FCC’s move to finalize this designation is an important

June 25, 2020 | Dan Lips

Voting-by-Mail Shows Why Real Bipartisan Postal Reform is Necessary

In January 2017, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson designated election infrastructure to be critical infrastructure. At the time, he was focused on preventing cyber threats from disrupting the electoral process. But three years later, the most critical infrastructure for holding the 2020 election may be one of the nation’s oldest institutions: the U.S. Postal Service.