Fwd: White House request for assistance
prinaldo at cox.net
prinaldo at cox.net
Thu Jul 30 06:34:01 CDT 2009
Some contractors will see it as an invitation for proposals for paid work such as to offer themselves as augmentation of government staff to sort through inputs from the public . Others will see it as an invitation to send comment to NTIA and FCC for no pay. Industry groups could take it as a hint to form a committee to advise the government.
Isn't there a law making it illegal to do work for the government without compensation anyway?
---- "Robert E. Seastrom" <rs at seastrom.com> wrote:
> Pardon the naive question here, but is the implication here that the
> government would or would not pay for this work?
> Speaking as someone who already works a bit over 30% of his time for
> free for the government...
> <prinaldo at cox.net> writes:
> > Gang, FYI. This is kicking around IEEE emails. Paul, W4RI
> > Forwarded message ----------
> >> From: <society at comsoc.org>
> >> Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM
> >> Subject: White House request for assistance
> >> To: gme8 at cornell.edu
> >> The following is being sent at the request of Vint Cerf on behalf of Susan
> >> Crawford, National Economic Council
> >> We need your help in support of a broadband initiative that President Obama
> >> cares deeply about. Specifically, we are seeking subject matter experts who
> >> would review grant applications being filed with the federal government by
> >> applicants seeking financial support for broadband projects throughout the
> >> country.
> >> The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriated $7.2 billion to the
> >> Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information
> >> Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities
> >> Service (RUS) and to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved
> >> communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology
> >> and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits. The Department
> >> of Commerce's program, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or
> >> BTOP, will distribute 4.7 billion dollars in grant funds directed at
> >> enhancing network connectivity as well as broadband education. These grants
> >> should provide lasting value to commerce, economic development, education,
> >> research, health care, and energy conservation.
> >> The Department will be giving out funds in three categories. A large share
> >> of the funds will be dedicated to developing broadband infrastructure in
> >> unserved and underserved communities. Two additional programs include
> >> grants for innovative projects that will drive the demand for broadband and
> >> grants for increasing public computing center capacity to provide access to
> >> those that can't afford a computer or broadband service at home.
> >> This is where you come in. Commerce is expecting a large number of
> >> applications and is using experts to rate the various projects. Many of
> >> your employees may be uniquely situated to assist in this process. Of
> >> particular interest to the Department of Commerce are people with a
> >> background in broadband related activities, including engineering, business
> >> development, economics, research and development, and project management.
> >> The Department is also interested in staff that have significant experience
> >> in the analysis and oversight of infrastructure projects.
> >> We could also use your help in spreading the word. It would be appreciated
> >> if you could reach out to your friends or business contacts that have had
> >> significant expertise and experience in any of these areas.
> >> Participation by high quality expert reviewers will help ensure that these
> >> funds are well invested for our future. The Department is looking for a
> >> minimum time commitment of approximately 20 hours between mid August and mid
> >> September. You may apply directly to serve as a reviewer at
> >> btopreviewer at ntia.doc.gov <http://ieee.xert.net/d.cfm?m=297149.902.0.24616>.
> >> More information about being a reviewer is available at
> >> http://broadbandusa.gov <http://ieee.xert.net/d.cfm?m=297149.902.0.24617>
> >> ------------------------------
> >> Susan Crawford
> >> National Economic Council
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