[new] New Congressional panels to provide oversight on information sharing, intelligence
Incoming Chairman of the Committee on Government Reform Henry Waxman [D-CA] announced last week that he plans to reorganize his committee, including creating an Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee,
"so that the jurisdiction of each subcommittee will have broad appeal and will engage
[new] EPA drops plan for less frequent reporting The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has abandoned plans to decrease the frequency of reporting requirements for the release of toxic chemicals by polluting companies. However, the EPA said that it will continue to push to increase the amount of pollutants that can released before a company must report.
[new] Groups confront Secret Law Case
Several public interest groups, including a few OpenTheGovernment.org coalition partners, filed amicus curiae briefs in support of a petition by John Gilmore, who challenged a government requirement that he produce official identification in order to board an airplane.
[new] FEMA omits Everglades in flood map The Everglades Agricultural Area, one of Florida's lowest lying wetland areas, is not included on the floodplain maps of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).