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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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , Federal Drive , India , open government , technology

Monday - 12/12/2011, 08:45am EST
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IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Tags: contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , Energy , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , Recovery Act , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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DoJ's updated FOIA policy emphasizes customer service

The updated FOIA policy states the department must advise the FOIA requester that a their request has been referred and provide the name of the agency to the requester with that agency's FOIA contact.

Tags: FOIA , DoJ , open government , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:55am EST

Recovery Board's Devaney ushered in 'new era of transparency'

The outgoing chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said the work of the oversight agency was transformational in its way of approaching catching and preventing fraud.

Tags: Earl Devaney , RAT Board , Recovery Act , people , accountability , technology , stimulus funds , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/02/2011, 10:53am EST
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OMB, non-profits urge Senate to keep E-Gov whole

Statement of Administration Policy and letter to Senate recommends keeping the E-Government Fund separate from the Federal Citizen Services Fund. The Sunlight Foundation and OMBWatch also want lawmakers to fully fund the E-Government Fund.

Tags: technology , budget , OMB , E-Government Fund , Sunlight Foundation , OMBWatch , Senate Appropriations Committee , openness , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:16pm EST

Seven lessons from the Recovery Act

Ed DeSeve was the Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation and is now the President of the Global Public Leadership Institute. He writes about the lessons learned in a new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Tags: Ed DeSeve , Recovery Act , In Depth , stimulus funding , management , budget , best practices

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:31pm EDT
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Keys to successful government dashboards

Sukumar Ganapati, associate professor of public administration at Florida International University, examined some of the best practices of government dashboards in a new report.

Tags: Sukumar Ganapati , IBM Center for the Business of Government , management , technology , dashboards , In Depth , open government

Monday - 10/17/2011, 04:12pm EDT
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