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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 , 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 , 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 ,

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 , 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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