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A well maintained electronic record keeping system is critical for making government more open and accountable: it allows information from across the government to be understood in context and makes sure records are not lost or improperly erased.  OpenTheGovernment.org works with our partners, the Administration, and Congress to develop and advocate for legislative and regulatory reforms to improve electronic records management.

 

CREW Calls for Congressional Investigation of Federal Record-Keeping

Deficient record keeping laws are an impediment to congressional oversight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in a letter to Congress last week.

House Passes Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014

On January 14th, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the key amendments to the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act. The legislation (H.R.

Latest Records Management Self Assessments Show Minimal Change

The latest summary of agencies' records management self-assessments by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) shows that despite some improvement in agencies' practices and policies since the self-assessments were first instituted in 2010, most federal agencies are still at moderate-to-high risk of losing records.

A 100 Day Agenda for Open Government?

In February our Executive Director took to the pages of The Hill to challenge President Obama to recommit to creating an "unprecedented level of openness in Government" during his second term. She outlined a 100-day agenda to put the US on the path to accomplishing this goal. With more than half of the 100 days gone, we thought it would be an appropriate time to look at what the government has made progress on, and what issues remain to be tackled.

Still No One Held Accountable for CIA's Destruction of Torture Records

Recent news that one of the two CIA employees who authorized the destruction of tapes showing the torture of CIA detainees – despite a court order to preserve them – has been placed in charge of the CIA’s clandestine service is yet another slap in the face for the rule of law and government accountability.

What to Watch: Sunshine Legislation

Sunshine Week has grown from a day of freedom of information commemoration to a week-long celebration of government openness, and the public’s right-to-know. The Congress and agencies have also gotten in on the action, and the spirit of the week brought several legislative proposals to the table.

12 Days of Open Government Resolutions - Day 12: Set Interim Steps and Deadlines for Records Management

Each post in the series of posts we plan to publish between now and December 25 focuses on a resolution the Obama Administration realistically can use to make the federal government more open and accountable in the coming year. See below for links to previous resolutions.

5 Issues Congress Should Seriously Consider

As the public begins to decide who should represent them in the halls of Congress during the next session, we thought it would be a good time to begin thinking about what issues the 113th Congress should address to make the federal government more open and accountable. Read more for our list:

The Classified Section

Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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