A review of federal agency classification programs by the National Archives and Records Administration Information Security Oversight Office found that, for the most part, agencies have clarified what categories of information need to be classified to protect national security.
A 3 year effort to speed up responses to Freedom of Information Act programs has had mixed results at 16 federal agencies, in many cases resulting in more backlogged requests and the increased use of exemptions to withhold information, the GAO finds. Auditors also find that many electronic FOIA libraries are "sparsely populated" because the agencies aren't ensuring frequently requested records are identified and posted online.
The Social Security Administration shut down an advisory committee on technological change and said it would not implement its recommendations without any evidence that it has assessed the costs and benefits of those recommendations, says the SSA office of inspector general. During its existence, the panel issued four reports and made 78 recommendations ranging from quick, low-cost measures that SSA could undertake for immediate productivity gains to fundamental changes to its service delivery model.
Thirty-nine percent of the Justice Department's office of legal counsel opinions are partially or completely withheld from the public, according to research from the Sunlight Foundation outlined in an Aug. 15 blog post. This is despite a 2010 DOJ memo endorsing the "presumption that [OLC] should make significant opinions fully and promptly available to the public."The transparency watchdog analyzed a cache of 15 years-worth of OLC opinions obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and published by Government Attic .
The United States led other countries in requests for Twitter user information, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. According to Twitter's first transparency report , published July 2, there were 679 requests for user information from the United States.
The Sunlight Foundation campaigns against draft House Appropriations Committee language that would indefinitely postpone public bulk downloads of legislative information in XML.
Our latest TechStat FOIA request was to the General Services Administration, for meeting materials and follow-up memos related to all TechStat meetings about its IT systems.
While the eight partner countries that founded the Open Government Partnership may think of their strategies as prototypes, OGP Co-Chair for Civil Society Warren Krafchik said some of the newer...
For another piece of evidence that the Kyl-Lott amendment continues even a decade later to throw up roadblocks to open government, look no further than an April 12 post on the National Security...
It’s been 2 years since the president issued the Open Government Directive, a policy that not only required executive departments and agencies to draft open government plans, but to update them...