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Open, transparent government efforts merit more progress needed

Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution joins Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Darrell West , Open Government Directive , Obama Impact , Brookings Institution , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:38am EDT
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FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Tags: FOIA , DoJ , Melanie Pustay , NARA , DHS , DoD , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

White House selects innovation fellows for five federal projects

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is naming 18 innovation fellows today to work on five "high-impact" federal IT projects.

Tags: White House , Todd Park , technology , Innovation Fellows Program , Blue Button , innovation , Jolie Lee , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 11:59am EDT
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President signs law delaying STOCK Act expansion

President Barack Obama has signed a law delaying an expansion of the STOCK Act that would have published the financial records of thousands of top managers throughout the executive and legislative branches in an online, searchable database.

Tags: STOCK Act , financial disclosure , conflict of interest , congress , President Barack Obama , workforce , Pay & Benefits

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 09:16pm EDT

SEA cites identity theft as unintended consequence of STOCK Act

A law Congress passed in April to ban congressional members and federal workers from profiting on non-public information places unnecessary reporting burdens on senior executives and make them vulnerable to identity theft.

Tags: STOCK Act , transparency , Senior Executive Association , insider trading , ethics bill , Bill Bransford , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 01:14pm EDT
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Small biz group sues DoD over release of subcontracting reports

The American Small Business League says there's no legal basis for the department to deny its Freedom of Information Act request.

Tags: American Small Business League , DoD Report , contracting , FOIA , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 10:10am EDT

Open government advocates seek greater access to congressional data

Sunlight Foundation Policy Counsel Daniel Schuman is leading the campaign to improve the Library of Congress website that reports congressional data.

Tags: Daniel Schuman , Sunlight Foundation , Library of Congress , congress , data scraping , Federal Drive , data management , technology , Michael OConnell

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:26am EDT
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OSTP helping agencies take open gov to '2.0 level'

Chris Vein, the deputy chief technology officer for government innovation at OSTP, gives an update on how agencies have done in the past few years in carrying out their open government and transparency plans.

Tags: Chris Vein , OSTP , technology , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 09:54am EDT
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Oversight committee: Administration earns C- for FOIA management

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has given the Obama administration a C- for management under the Freedom of Information Act. Auditors based their grade on transparency work by 17 cabinet-level departments. Auditors evaluated how agencies track and make decisions about FOIA requests, but they did not examine whether agencies are meeting their legal responsibilities.

Tags: management , DoJ , transparency , Freedom of Information Act , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 02:01pm EDT

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 , congress , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , 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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