While the federal government has extensive rules about how its regulatory agencies makes rules--with notices, publication schedules and comment periods--there is no government-wide policy for providing information to the public about meetings between executive branch officials and private interests. These ...Continue reading
I am so pleased to see the Department of Transportation and Data.gov being so incredibly responsive to the concerns ...Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about my investigation into whether the Department of Transportation had put their data on Data.gov as ...Continue reading
The Department of Transportation has been a leader in complying with recentopen government initiatives, so I decided to use the ...Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal announced today that it's suing for access to data on payments that doctors receive from Medicare, which has been exempt from public disclosure thanks to a 1979 court case won by the American Medical Association. The ...Continue reading
Inspectors general at the Energy Department and Social Security Administration say their review of FOIA procedures at the request of senior Republican lawmakers showed no signs of meddling by political appointees.
Two dozen other agency and department watchdogs have yet ...
The scandal-wrecked Minerals Management Services changed its name to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) as part of a promised wave of reforms, but consumer advocacy groups say more transparency is what is really needed at the ...Continue reading
Over the objections of manufacturers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will launch a searchable, online database in March that collects consumer complaints about harmful or dangerous products. The new crowdsourcing tool at www.SaferProducts.gov will require consumers to ...Continue reading
When the Guantanamo Review Task Force summary report was released in June — more than five months after its completion — it marked the latest step in President Barack Obama’s plan to close the detainee prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Without identifying ...