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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: FOIA , Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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Senate Judiciary approves bill to codify ‘presumption of openness'

Senate committee lawmakers voted to send a manager's amendment to the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act to the full body for consideration. The bill would require agencies to release documents more proactively.

Tags: management , FOIA , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , Sunlight Foundation , Sean Vitka , National Security Archive , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:20pm EST

Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

Tags: management , transparency , Darrell Issa , Ali Ahmed , Lauren Barlow , Krista Boyd , Nathan Hallford , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , FOIA , Sunshine Week , American University Washington College of Law , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:19am EDT
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Congress balances openness with cyber protection

Lawmakers weigh public's right to know against the need to protect cyber secrets. Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) provision in 2012 Defense authorization bill tightens the definition of "exemptions," but he questions the need for further rules to give agencies power to withhold information.

Tags: Sunshine Week , transparency , open government , Congress , FOIA , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , Melanie Pustay , Kenneth Bunting , National Freedom of Information Coalition , Jared Serbu , DoJ , Barack Obama , White House , Navy , DoD , management

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Senate Judiciary Committee considers FOIA exemptions for critical infrastructure

The Senate is looking for balance between protecting networks and creating open government.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Federal Drive , FOIA

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 10:36am EDT

Justice, NSC lead review of cyber laws

An interagency working group is trying to decide whether the administration should submit a proposal to Congress to update several laws. The White House's cyberspace review recommended legislative updates to address shortcomings in the current statutes. Justice also reviewed the Einstein 3 program even as DHS still is testing it.

Tags: technology , James Baker , Phil Reitinger , Sheldon Whitehouse , Justice , DHS , Center for Democracy and Technology , cybersecurity , Einstein , national incident response plan

Wednesday - 11/18/2009, 07:12am EST
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Three cyber bills clear Senate Judiciary Committee

The bills cover national standards for security breaches involving personal data. Companies would have to take reasonable steps to secure customers' personal information, and to tell customers if there's been a breach.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Congress , In Depth , Next Gov

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:38pm EDT

Will cybersecurity bills make it out of committee?

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed three cybersecurity bills, all dealing with national standards for security breaches involving personal data. But the votes followed party lines making it harder to move them to the full Senate for a vote.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Senate , Chuck Grassley , Federal Drive , Congress

Friday - 09/23/2011, 12:25pm EDT
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