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DATA Act creates new oversight commission

The House-passed DATA Act creates a five-member commission to oversee government transparency.

Tags: DATA Act , Transparency , Hudson Hollister , Data Transparency Coalition , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Federal Drive

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 02:45pm EDT
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House-backed DATA Act, increases transparency, caps agency spending

On a voice vote, the House backed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, known as the DATA Act. The legislation would establish uniform standards for all recipients to report federal money and set up a single website where average Americans could search for information on how government agencies, departments and other recipients spend federal funds.

Tags: financial management , Transparency , DATA Act , House , Congress

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 01:32pm EDT

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 , open government , 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 , open government , 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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Bill seeks small biz protection in 'unfair' contract bundling

A bill introduced in the House today aims to give small businesses more opportunities in contract bundling.

Tags: Sam Graves , Allen West , House Small Business Committee , contracting , Transparency , Congress

Friday - 02/17/2012, 12:56pm EST

House Small Biz Committee introduces more contracting reform legislation

Lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee introduced three bipartisan bills Wednesday aimed at contracting reform.

Tags: SBA , contracting , acquisition , Joe Walsh , Gerry Connolly , Jaime Herrera Beutler , Kurt Schrader , Bobby Schilling , Judy Chu , Sam Graves , Mick Mulvaney , House Small Business Committee , Transparency

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 03:17pm EST

Rep. Lungren: XML standards to increase document transparency

Every House document will go into a new website. The goal is to make them more accessible to the public. The legislation will be posted using Extensible Markup Language, or XML. That will make what's in a bill easier to find, and the bills themselves more visible to search engines.

Tags: Dan Lungren , Congress , XML , technology , Federal Drive , Transparency , open government

Monday - 02/06/2012, 08:55am EST
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House bill aims to increase subcontracting transparency

A bill introduced in the House aims to increase the subcontracting transparency and pass-through contracts to large companies.

Tags: House , Mick Mulvaney , contracting , Transparency , SBA

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 03:42pm EST

Agencies demo one-stop FOIA portal

Federal employees who respond to Freedom of Information Act requests got their first look today at a new web portal designed to improve efficiency and transparency. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration are basing the portal on Regulations.gov.

Tags: FOIA , Regulations.gov , Transparency , open gov , Miriam Nisbet , EPA , Commerce , OMB Watch , Gavin Baker , technology , Gov 2.0 , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm EST
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Data.gov goes global

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel explains the new worldwide transparency drive called the Open Government Partnership.

Tags: Steven Van Roekel , Data.gov , Transparency , Federal Drive , India , open government , technology

Monday - 12/12/2011, 08:45am EST
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