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Lawmakers' latest FOIA reform effort would strengthen governmentwide ombudsman

This year's attempt to overhaul the the Freedom of Information Act would give the Office of Government Information Services the independence to report directly to Congress on FOIA issues. Without that, OGIS is 'neither an independent watchdog or overseer,' according to its just-retired director.

Tags: Congress , NARA , Office of Government Information Services , Sunshine in Government Initiative , Rick Blum , Frederick Sadler , Darrell Issa , Jared Serbu , Miriam Nisbet

Monday - 03/02/2015, 06:41am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When Congress updated federal open government laws in 2007, it created a new ombudsman designed to serve as an honest broker between Freedom of Information Act requestors and federal agencies. But unlike most other ombudsmen, this one works for one of the parties in the disputes it's supposed to mediate. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, new legislation would change that by making the Office of Government Information Services truly independent from the executive branch.

Tags: Jared Serbu , OGIS , In Depth

Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:21pm EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The federal government has agreed to release one of the largest indexes of government data in the world. The Office of Management and Budget will fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request filed last December by the Sunlight Foundation. Sean Vitka, a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what that data will cover.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST
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Senate bill aims to strengthen Freedom of Information Act

A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Freedom of Information Act , Office of Government Information Services , Chuck Grassley , John Cornyn , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:00pm EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Information has commercial value, and contractors doing business with the government need to consider how they communicate information so its proprietary status remains intact. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 7: Contractors' business information is safe with the government. Sullivan explained why that's a perilous position for contractors to take.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 09:12am EST
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Contracting myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

There are a myriad of ways that doing business with the federal government differs from the commercial sector, and protection of a company's sensitive business information is one of them, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Public Contracting Institute , Thompson Coburn , contracting , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , proprietary information , industry , acquisition ,

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 03:34am EST

Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tags: Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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