This morning Aneesh Chopra, the Federal CTO and Vivek Kundra, the Federal CIO announced the Open Government Directive-- and while many have covered what's in it and what agencies must do over the next year to adhere to it, we wanted to talk about what it means to our core audience-- developers.
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The Open Government Brainstorm
The Open Government Brainstorm is wrapping up, and a lot of people had a lot to say. Over 1000 ideas... View ArticleContinue reading
On Oversight in Public
(cross posted from our Google Group) Jon Henke wrote the following provocation, and I decided to respond to the whole... View ArticleContinue reading
Examiner Op-Ed on Transparency and Transition
The Washington Examiner was kind enough to publish an Op-Ed I wrote on transparency in the new administration. The starting... View ArticleContinue reading
Policy Review: An Introduction
Starting today, you’ll be seeing blog posts three times a week on the Sunlight Foundation blog. Building on the enthusiastic... View ArticleContinue reading
New Report on E-Rulemaking
Sunlight is very happy to endorse a new report, Acheiving the Potential, The Future of Federal E-Rulemaking. (pdf) The report... View ArticleContinue reading
Executive Transition Projects
Sometimes the most potent advocacy tool is a well formed list. This is what makes Sunlight’s Insanely Useful Websites so... View ArticleContinue reading
Oversight on the Office of Legal Counsel and Secrecy
After previewing it first, I attended last Wednesday’s Hearing by the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee about “Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government.”
For fuller coverage, see FireDogLake, the Guardian, ACS Blog, or the statements and testimony from the hearing (set off on the upper right).
While my coverage will be far from complete, I find the process of taking and then preparing my notes from committee hearings to be a great way to digest what was presented, and to start to work through some of the issues that relate to open government and accountability, which lie at the heart of this hearing. (more)
On Government Documents Management
Building on my earlier post about listing collaborative options for government or congressional agencies, I'm thinking about useful ways to distinguish between different types of government information, and what that implies about records management.
At the recent IPDI Politics Online panel on radical transparency, Peggy Garvin made a great point about one fundamental distinction that can be made within government information. She suggested that all government information is either collected from regulated entities, or pertains to the operations of government itself. (much more below)