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TRAC Finds Uneven Distribution of Workload for District Courts

A Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) study has found that the burden of a growing workload is falling on some district courts more than other. According to the study, some judges must handle workload that is four times greater than the national average.

National Priorities Project Tracks Federal Spending in the States

The National Priorities Project launched State Smart, an interactive publication that illustrates how federal funds are spent in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. State Smart spotlights spending on topics like education, transportation, health, and housing, and includes personal stories showing “faces of the federal budget.”

Publish What You Fund Releases Annual Aid Transparency Index

Progress on implementing transparency standards for aid data continues to be slow and uneven, according to Publish What You Fund’s 2014 Aid Transparency Index. The deadline for donors to meet their commitments to incorporate the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) by the end of 2015 is quickly approaching.

Partners Make Recommendations for House Rules Targeting Transparency

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Sunlight Foundation, and the OpenGov Foundation published comprehensive recommendations for improving transparency and accountability in the rules of the 114th Congress.

EPIC Files FOIA Lawsuit on CIA Surveillance of Congress

n response to reports the CIA infiltrated computers used by Senate staff to investigate the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a FOIA request for the CIA Inspector General’s report on the infiltration. After receiving no response, EPIC sued for the report to be released.

AALL Publishes White Paper on Access to Justice

The American Association of Law Libraries’ Access to Justice Special Committee published a new white paper that examines the role of law libraries supporting the access to justice movement. Access to justice includes the ability of the public to receive affordable legal services, access legal information forms, and more. The paper is available here.

Partners Fight for Information Under FOIA

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking information under FOIA on several fronts. EPIC filed a new case regarding the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s 2012 e-voting security report.

NFOIC, SPJ Honor New Jersey Open Government Champion

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) will induct John Paff to the State Open Government Hall of Fame next month. Paff serves on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government and also as Project Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project.

Partners Share Input on Privacy Board’s Agenda

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) invited the public to submit comments on its future research agenda. OpenTheGovernment.org and several partners submitted comments.

Reporters Committee Shares iFOIA Tutorials

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) launched iFOIA, a resource for journalists and the public to file and track state and federal FOIA and Privacy Act requests in 2013.

The Classified Section

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

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