Sunlight Foundation Projects

In 2018, our staff are busy advocating for more open, transparent, accountable, and ethical governance in cities, states and nations around the world. In DC, our 2018 agenda includes advocating for the passage of the OPEN Government Data Act, the Honest Ads Act, and other reforms in Washington that will open more public information to the American people and hold the federal government accountable. We’re maintaining the world’s most comprehensive list of President Donald J. Trump’s conflicts of interest,  tracking his administration’s shadowed record on open government, and acting as federal open data watchdog.

Across the United States, we’re working with dozens of cities to increase the social impact of disclosing public information as open data, pioneering tactical data engagement to better meet the information needs of communities. You can learn more about many of our projects below.

Federal Projects

Our federal level advocacy is focused on a number of important issues, ranging from open data to campaign finance disclosure and lobbing reform. We push for changes in Congress and the executive branch by proposing policy changes, conducting research and oversight activities, providing comments, meeting with staff, and testifying at hearings.

Web Integrity Project

The Web Integrity Project’s mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as well as changes in stated policies and priorities. [Read more]

Tracking Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

On November 28, Sunlight began maintaining an ongoing list of confirmed reports of conflicts of interest, where Trump business has clearly mixed with public business. [Read more]

Open Cities Projects

Our Open Cities program aims to configure a new, more democratic infrastructure of openness in U.S. cities. We work directly with city governments and their residents to design channels of openness that will empower community members to play a central role in determining cities’ futures. Our work is, by design, directly in partnership with everyone who has a stake in cities’ futures: individual residents, community organizations, government staff, federal policymakers, and international partners.

What Works Cities Initiative

Sunlight’s Open Cities team provides direct technical assistance to dozens of mid-sized American cities, to develop and track open data policies and to empower communities with open data through Tactical Data Engagement. [Read more]

Open Contracting

In collaboration with the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP), Sunlight has developed municipal procurement policy guidelines and is leading U.S. cities in applying best practices for sharing open contracting data for local impact. [Read more]

International Projects

The Sunlight Foundation is helping to expand access to vital governmental information around the world by sharing knowledge, technical expertise and capacity with other organizations pursuing similar efforts around the world. Our goals are to engage open government activists, provide them resources and help their professional development to work within their systems to increase government transparency and accountability in their countries.

Democracy Dialogues

In 2018, we are collaborating with Global Integrity, the OpenGovHub and Transparency International on a series of Democracy Dialogues in DC. The first event in the series took place in 2017 and continued throughout 2018. [Read more]

Open Government Global Community

Sunlight has remained an active stakeholder in federal and international discussions of open government standards. As a supporter of the Open Government Partnership, Sunlight has advocated for press freedom to passing open government reforms in Congress in the U.S.’s action plans. [Read more]