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Saturday, February 09, 2013

So streamlined, it's invisible

Sometimes, even good news leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

First, the good news.  The FCC has approved some cost savings measures for PIA.  The FCC likes it because it will save $2 million.  I like it because it is likely to mean that reviewers will spend less time reviewing routine applications.  My feelings about PIA are similar to the Tea Party's feelings about government: the less, the better.

The bad taste?  Well, all the reforms are listed in Appendix A, so right away I scrolled down Appendix A.  So I read through the letter, and found: "These measures are...confidential because their public release would compromise the application review process."  So we have secret reforms to the secret rules.  All the secrecy sets my teeth on edge.

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