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Kevin Walsh, director of Iron Mountain Government Services joins host John Gilroy to discuss records management in the federal government.
July 22, 2014
The Department of Commerce will hire its first-ever chief data officer, Secretary Penny Pritzker said recently. Pritzker also is establishing a data advisory council and introducing a "developer portal," which she said will help advance the agency's open data initiatives.
Ginger McCall, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says agencies need better FOIA regulations and a cultural change toward transparency.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Version 3.0 of the Obama administration Open Government Plan. It adds three new initiatives to the core principles of transparency, participation and collaboration introduced in earlier versions of the plan.
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 , Darrell Issa , Ali Ahmed , Lauren Barlow , Krista Boyd , Nathan Hallford , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Judiciary Committee , FOIA , Sunshine Week , American University Washington College of Law , Jason Miller
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.
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 , technology , Todd Park , Office of Science and Technology Policy , OMB , Nick Sinai , Corinna Zarek , Gavin Baker , Center for Effective Government , FOIA , Jason Miller
OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell sent a memo to agency leaders outlining six steps they must take to make administrative information about everything from grantees to contractors to anything that is collected for the purpose of carrying out the basic administration of a program, such as processing benefit applications or tracking services received, more available internally and externally.
The Office of Management and Budget's markup of the Senate's version of the bill changes language around requiring data standards and how the information should be published. Open government advocates are concerned about OMB's suggestions.
A new Government Accountability Office report says greater transparency in the way the General Services Administration handles its high-value leases would lead to better decision making and generate more cost savings.