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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tags: Sean Vitka , USA Freedom Act , House Judiciary Committee , surveillance , Patriot Act , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NSA

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

Tags: Matt Rumsey , FOIA , transparency , Oversight , Federal Drive , Information sharing

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT
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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 , FOIA , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST
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White House crowdsources open-government playbook

In writing a new tipsheet for agencies about engaging the public, the White House is practicing what it's preaching.

Tags: Open government , GSA , Justin Herman , Corinna Zarek , crowdsourcing , Daniel Schuman , Sean Vitka , CREW , transparency , Emily Kopp , Technology

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 01:07pm 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: FOIA , Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , 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 , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , Sean Vitka , National Security Archive , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:20pm 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 , Center for Effective Government , Jason Miller

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

Open data order, policy ushers in new norm

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order and OMB released a new policy requiring agencies to make data machine-readable and use open standards. Agencies must develop an inventory of information and make it publicly available. Good government groups praised the changes but had some concerns around the administration's decision to apply the policy only to structured data.

Tags: Technology , Open data , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , Digital Government Strategy , John Wonderlich , Kevin Richards , TechAmerica , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/10/2013, 05:41am EDT
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Congress repeals STOCK Act reporting requirements for senior execs

Congress approved a bill Friday to eliminate expanded financial-disclosure reporting requirements for Senior Executive Service members, just days before the new requirements were to go into effect. Both the House and Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent. The expanded reporting requirements were set to go into effect Monday.

Tags: financial disclosure , SES , SEA , STOCK Act , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore , workforce , management

Friday - 04/12/2013, 03:18pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 4, 2013

Terry Weaver, president of Weaver Consulting, discusses an overhauled version of Section 508 regulations. Jamison Cush, chief editor of TechTarget's Technology Guide, talks about the new BlackBerry Z-10. Tom Lee, director of Sunlight Labs, explains what's behind "Docket Wrench," a new tool to make it easier to track actions related to proposed rules.

Tags: Terry Weaver , Weaver Consulting , Section 508 , Access Board , Jamison Cush , Tech Target , BlackBerry , Tom Lee , Sunlight Labs , Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 02/04/2013, 11:24am EST
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