In the interest of encouraging private companies to share cybersecurity threat information, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), HR 3523, includes a provision that cuts off all public access to cyber threat information shared under the bill.
Help make the thousands of reports federal agencies prepare each year at the request of Congress easier for the public to find! Ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor HR 1380, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act. Each year federal agencies are required to submit thousands of reports to Congress that include valuable information about what agencies are doing and how they are spending taxpayer dollars. Currently, these reports commonly end up collecting dust on shelf or posted in a relatively obscure section of the agency's website. HR 1380 requires any report issued to Congress or its committees and releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to be posted on a website managed by the US Government Printing Office (GPO).
Taxpayers pay for the creation of exclellent reports on public policy issues ranging from foreign affairs, to health care, to agriculture by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Members of the public can ask for these reports through their member of Congress, but they must first know that the report exists.
There are a lot of distractions during election season. There are more and more gotcha ads, and increasingly less discussion about what really matters. At OpenTheGovernment.org, POGO, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) we spend a lot of time thinking about how our government can be more transparent, accountable, and effective. We'd love to be having conversations with every candidate to help educate them and to inform the work that we do in Washington---no matter the results of the election. Perhaps together we can!