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USCIS takes down 26 PDFs for training asylum officers from its website (5/31/2018) - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) removed a cache of materials on its asylum process shortly after President Donald Trump took office, a reduction in access detailed in our latest Web Integrity Project report. The 26 removed documents, which collectively run to several hundred pages, constitute training materials for USCIS asylum officers, offering detailed Read More
Affordable Care Act page quietly removed from Medicare website (5/17/2018) - Internet Archive's Wayback Machine snapshot of the removed “The Affordable Care Act & Medicare” page from December 18, 2017. If you’re one of the over 55 million people who is covered by Medicare, you might want to know a bit about if and how your coverage is affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What preventive Read More
Aaron Lemelin joins the Web Integrity Project as a Website Monitoring Analyst (5/10/2018) - We’re excited to welcome the Web Integrity Project’s newest member, Aaron Lemelin! Aaron will be helping the team by monitoring and documenting changes to federal websites, across health and health care, immigration, and other domains. Aaron is bringing website monitoring experience from his past contracting work with WIP and from volunteering with the Environmental Data Read More
National Archives publishes online dashboard of its investigations into lost, altered or destroyed public records (4/24/2018) - In spring 2018, for the first time the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has begun using the Internet to inform the American public about its ongoing investigations of unauthorized dispositions in an online dashboard. In a year that continues to be marked by regression on open government, this is a welcome development that shines Read More
Following scrutiny of website removal, HHS women’s health office adds breast cancer page (4/6/2018) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health has added a single webpage about breast cancer to its WomensHealth.gov, after removing more than half a dozen pages about the topic without public notice.
Unexplained censorship of women’s health website renews questions about Trump administration commitment to public health (4/2/2018) - An archived snapshot of the removed Office on Women's Health Breast Cancer website main page from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine on June 27, 2017. Today, the Web Integrity Project released our third report about Web censorship at the Office on Women’s Health (OWH). As we have released these reports, journalists and members of the Read More
Federal women’s health office obscures lesbian and bisexual fact sheet online (3/21/2018) - The "Lesbian and bisexual health" page is no longer linked from anywhere on the Office of Women's Health website and the previous URL leads to a removed page. Lesbian and bisexual women will no longer be able to navigate to a page related to their specific health needs on the Office of Women’s Health website. The Read More
Jon Campbell joins the Web Integrity Project as senior investigator (3/6/2018) - We’re proud to announce that @j0ncampbell has joined the @sunfoundation, working with @tolyrinberg @andmbergman @rachelkbergman & @digiphile on our @SunWebIntegrity project! https://t.co/v9A0vVSaBB (We all discovered today that wind is not the best disinfectant.) pic.twitter.com/XVN32mgdug — Sunlight Foundation (@SunFoundation) March 2, 2018 The Web Integrity Project is excited to welcome Jon Campbell as its new senior investigator. Read More
In website reshuffle, federal committee makes reports on collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data inaccessible (3/2/2018) - Links from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology website that previously directed to SOGI statistical methods reports now direct to "under construction" pages If you visit the website for the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM), you’ll find that many of the links for reports lead to dead pages or PDFs that say, “this page Read More
Why we’re launching the Web Integrity Project (2/2/2018) - The mission of the Web Integrity Project (WIP) 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.
In its first year, the Trump administration has reduced public information online (1/4/2018) - Almost a year into the Trump presidency, we have seen are substantial public information removals and overhauls of federal webpages, documents, and entire websites, as well as significant shifts in language and messaging across the federal Web domain.
How federal agencies are quietly removing government Web resources, and why it matters (11/15/2017) - Under the Trump administration, federal agencies have been removing important Web resources without proactive notice or justification. We should hold our government accountable to clearly explain its actions and not remove Web content when there’s no good reason for doing so.
Classifying changes to public access to information on US government websites (10/4/2017) - Changes to Web content can be especially confusing and opaque to the public when agencies don’t proactively document and explain how and why they change their websites. By clearly laying out how agencies are managing Web resources and changing websites using this classification system, our goal is to inform the public and lawmakers, gain insight Read More
Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access (9/22/2017) - If the public cannot find a resource in a search result list anymore, can that public information still be said to be accessible? Yes, and no.
What we’ve learned about the Trump administration’s changes to government websites won’t shock you (8/8/2017) - In 2017, there have been major reductions to public access to public information about the environment, energy, and climate change on federal websites, including EPA, DOE, DOT, Interior, State, USDA and the White House.
Why we’re joining Sunlight to report on public access to public information (8/8/2017) - We're monitoring changes public access to public information on federal government websites under the Trump administration.

 

 

 


Website Monitoring Reports

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6Removal of 26 Documents for Asylum Officer Training from the USCIS Website5/31/18Department of Homeland Security | Between March and April 2017, a series of 26 documents pertaining to training asylum officers were removed from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The materials were prepared for personnel charged with reviewing and vetting asylum claims under certain international agreements and provisions of U.S. law.WIP blog post, La Opinión, Splinter, Newsweek, Government Executive
5Removal of the “Affordable Care Act & Medicare” Webpage and Corresponding Links from the Medicare Website5/17/18Department of Health and Human Services | In December 2017, a page titled “The Affordable Care Act & Medicare” was removed from the Medicare website. The page previously linked to healthcare.gov, which is the federal health insurance marketplace, and to another webpage on the Medicare domain called “Medicare & the Marketplace,” which is no longer linked from the “About Us” portion of the Medicare websiteWIP blog post, Pacific Standard, The Outline, Government Executive, The Hill
4Removal of Breast Cancer Website and Related Webpages from within HHS's Office on Women's Health Website4/2/18Department of Health and Human Services | The “Breast Cancer” website and related pages were removed from within the HHS's Office on Women’s Health (OWH) website. While content about mammogram breast cancer screening remains, informational pages and factsheets about the disease, including symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and public no- or low-cost cancer screening programs, have been entirely removed and are no longer found elsewhere on the OWH site.WIP blog post, ThinkProgress, The Hill, Politico Pulse, Newsweek, Bustle, Medpage Today, Fortune
3Removal of Webpage and Corresponding Links Pertaining to Lesbian and Bisexual Health from HHS’s Office of Women’s Health Website3/21/18Department of Health and Human Services | The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) removed a webpage with extensive information about lesbian and bisexual health, and links that correspond to that webpage, from its website. A PDF containing very similar content to the removed page is live but is not linked from elsewhere in the OWH website, rendering it inaccessible by navigating through the website. WIP blog post, Politico, NBC News, The Hill, Vice News, The Daily Dot, Jezebel
2Overview of HHS’s Office of Women’s Health Website Overhaul: Removal of Resources and Corresponding Link Alterations on the A-Z Health Topics Page3/21/18Department of Health and Human Services | The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) removed portions of its website, including text, links, and entire pages and documents. Pages and links to pages related to lesbian and bisexual health, breast cancer, men’s health, interpersonal and domestic violence, and health topics relevant to the elderly have been removed.Co-released with Report #3
1Removal of the FedStats Website and Reduction in Access to Statistical Methods Reports on the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Website3/2/18Office of Management and Budget | Statistical resources that were previously accessible from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology's (FCSM) website and the removed FedStats websites are now inaccessible from the relaunched FCSM website. Among the inaccessible resources are reports about sexual orientation and gender identity data collection methods.WIP blog post, Politico Pulse