Government is understandably wary of publishing personal identifiers, though they're often vital to transparency. Fortunately, there are technological approaches to this problem --government should embrace them.Continue reading
As part of Sunshine week, I had the opportunity to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to share a few of Sunlight's ideas about making the executive branch more transparent. Video and text of my opening statement are below. It almost goes without saying that we're very interested in the transparency bills the Oversight Committee will be marking up this Wednesday.
I testified earlier today before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It was a... View ArticleContinue reading
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked a series of questions today based on the Politico story I blogged... View ArticleContinue reading
In today’s Politico, Chris Frates reports on how some lobbyists now apparently feel like they’re being shuttled there instead of... View ArticleContinue reading
Recently and continuously, the White House has been releasing the "White House Visitor Logs," showing America who is coming in to meet with the President and his staff. At the same time, the Center for Responsive Politics releases cleaned up data on lobbyist filings. We thought it'd be interesting to find the intersect between the names in both sets of data.
After the jump, you'll find our results along relevant information from both sets of data. Now-- this is important: just because the names match doesn't mean they're the same person. Because the White House doesn't release any other form of identity information besides the name, we're unable to tell whether or not the name in one dataset actually refers to the same person in the other. John Adams in one dataset may be a different John Adams in another.Continue reading
More than a million spectators gathered before the Capitol on a frosty January afternoon to witness the inauguration of Barack... View ArticleContinue reading
President Obama’s weekly address explained on his administration’s efforts to combat influence peddling, and the steps it is considering taking... View ArticleContinue reading
Last week, the White House released another set of visitor logs online and in a format that can be parsed... View ArticleContinue reading