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Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government

The year 2012 saw more Freedom of Information Act requests than any time in the law's history. The Administrative Conference of the United States says about 650,000 requests came in and it cost the federal government at least $23 million in litigation costs, and it considers that cost a conservative estimate. Gavin Baker is an open government analyst at the Center for Effective Government. He wrote about the recommendations in the center's blog, The Fine Print, and shared them on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

Tags: Gavin Baker , FOIA , In Depth

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:38pm EDT
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Agencies receive failing grades for processing FOIA requests

The Center for Effective Government evaluated how well the 15 agencies that receive 90 percent of all Freedom of Information Act requests from the public process those requests. It found most of those agencies receive poor or failing grades in how they are implementing FOIA.

Tags: FOIA , information sharing , management , technology , Michael OConnell , transparency , records management , Sean Moulton , In Depth

Monday - 03/10/2014, 12:46pm EDT
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OSTP asks agencies for 'bold, ambitious' open government initiatives

A new memo from CTO Todd Park requires agencies to update their open government plans by June 1. The plans should include new efforts as well as progress reports on current initiatives.

Tags: management , open government , transparency , technology , Todd Park , Office of Science and Technology Policy , OMB , Nick Sinai , Corinna Zarek , Gavin Baker , FOIA , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/03/2014, 12:22pm EST
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E-Gov Fund continues to stand alone, gets boost to $16M

Senate lawmakers won out over the debate about whether or not to merge the E-Government Fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund. DHS also receives $166 million for cybersecurity programs in the fiscal 2014 spending bill.

Tags: Congress , OMB , E-Government Fund , GSA , Federal Citizen Services Fund , Gavin Baker , Transportation , USDA , DHS , cybersecurity , technology , A-76 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 03:56am EST

White House releases second open government action plan

The Obama administration's second Open Government National Action Plan introduces 23 new or expanded commitments to open government, including measures to strengthen whistleblower protections and improve the declassification process.

Tags: Barack Obama , open government , Open Government Action Plan , NARA , Sean Moulton ,

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:04pm EST

House again aims to merge E-Gov funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill with a provision to merge the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund to create an Information and Engagement Fund for citizens. Appropriators also would cut the total request for the merged funds by about $15 million.

Tags: technology , House , budget , OMB , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , E-Government Fund , Tom Carper , Sunlight Foundation , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews - Jan. 18, 2013

On today's show, the latest on the White House's We the People website, government-owned buildings and finding jobs for wounded warriors.

Tags: Franklin Hagenbeck , National Organization on Disability , Dallas Tonsager , USDA , Sean Moulton , OMB Watch , Reid Nelson

Friday - 01/18/2013, 02:34pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 8, 2013

Martin Libicki of Rand Corp talks about the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. Dov Zakheim reviews what DoD Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel can expect from Congress. Attorney Mark Schamel explains how the Defense Authorization Bill helps off-duty law enforcement agents. Erik Olson of the Pew Health Group discusses new food safety rules issued by the FDA. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service previews the SAMMIE nomination process. Katherine McFate discusses OMB Watch's name change.

Tags: Martin Libicki , RAND Corporation , Dov Zakheim , Senate , DoD , Chuck Hagel , Mark Schamel , Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice , Defense Authorization Bill , Officer Safety Act , Erik Olson , FDA , Pew Health Group , John Palguta , SAMMIE , Partnership for Public Service , Katherine McFate , OMB Watch , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 08:41am EST