More than half of federal agencies still operate under obsolete Freedom of Information Act guidlines, having not updated their procedures to comply with an Obama administration directive to proactively make information available, a March 14 National Security Archive at George Washington University report says.
Seven of fifteen federal agencies reviewed received a failing grade for implementing the Freedom of Information Act in a Center for Effective Government report. No agency earned an "A" overall although some agencies earned top scores in one of the three areas examined, says the group.
Federal agencies must come up with a significant new project to include in updates to their open government plans due June 1. In a Feb. 24 memo (.pdf), Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, called on agencies to "introduce bold, ambitious new open government initiatives," relating to either transparency, participation or collaboration.
The Defense Department isn't always accurate in its contribution to a federal website purporting to catalog major information technology programs, their current status and risk rating, acknowledged a senior Pentagon official.
The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.
Agencies must come up with a plan and oversight process to make information more available both internally and to the private sector, a Feb. 14 Office of Management and Budget memo says.
A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.
Lack of a consistent definition of what constitutes "information technology" spending across the federal government continues to hamper oversight efforts, finds the Government Accountability Office. For example, in the most recent budget cycle, Energy officials decided that supercomputer projects no longer constitute an IT project, the GAO says, despite adding up to $368 million and accounting for nearly a quarter of departmental IT spending in fiscal 2012.
The Defense Department is now required to post all reports to Congress on a "publicly accessible Internet website," whether they're requested or not.
With a push for governments worldwide to open more data publicly there have been plenty of open data advocates touting the power and potential of open data. But Sascha Meinrath, vice president of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, says after a brief uptick in open government data, retraction is on its way.