There’s a lot more lobbying and influence peddling in Washington than is ever revealed to the public.Continue reading
A lesson learned from the beleaguered NTIS
The National Technology Information Service once endeavored to provide a centralized and organized location for government documents. Now, its potential demise is a call for more effective information disclosure among government agencies.Continue reading
FOIA Santa Comes Early to Sunlight!
Recently, Sunlight filed our first FOIA lawsuit against the GSA to get 14 years of data - we got almost everything we wanted, but some info was withheld. Now we've got all the data - and no black redaction bars!Continue reading
Who leases office space to the feds remains a mystery
After deciding to profile Franklin L. Haney as part of our Stealthy Wealthy series, an obvious question soon posed itself: Exactly how much have Haney's companies collected over the years in leasing office space to the federal government?
The answer -- or rather non-answer -- to the question says less about Haney than it does about the limits on what the public can know about how its tax dollars are being spent.
News reports stated that his company, through a variety of limited liability corporations and real estate partnerships, had leases for office space worth many millions of dollars dating back ...Continue reading
News Without Transparency: GSA Chief Resigns Amid Reports of Excessive Spending
News Without Transparency – GSA Chief Resigns Amid Reports of Excessive Spending This post was written in conjunction with Policy... View ArticleContinue reading
The News Without Transparency: Health and Human Services Department Contributes to Big Government Spending on Advisory Committees
Last spring the government technology newspaper Federal Computer Week highlighted the Health and Human Services Department for spending $1.6 billion on... View ArticleContinue reading
GAO Progress Report for E-Gov Fund
The Government Accountability Office concluded that major projects funded through the E-Gov Fund “could potentially lead to benefits including cost... View ArticleContinue reading
The Feds and Social Media II
Here’s an exciting development! Last week, I blogged about an encouraging report by Doug Belzer at Federal Computer Week, where... View ArticleContinue reading
White House: Where is the CTO?
On his second day in office, President Barack Obama issued a sweeping memorandum on transparency in government, setting out an... View ArticleContinue reading