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POGO Survey Finds Public Extractives Data Lacking

When private companies mine and drill on public lands, the public deserves to have access to detailed data about the environmental impact, worker safety, revenues and more. The Project On Government Oversight conducted a survey of communities across the country affected by extractive industries to determine what level of detail the public needs.

OTG Colleagues Make the Case for Transparency

This month, the Brookings Center for Effective Public Management published “Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong,” an article debunking myths about transparency in government. The piece, written by the Project On Government Oversight’s Danielle Brian, the Bauman Foundation’s Gary D.

Defending Dissent Launches “Dissent Newswire”

Defending Dissent now presents daily news, analysis and commentary on dissent, civil liberties, and more. Recent Dissent Newswire stories cover a range of issues, from the state of emergency declared in Ferguson, Missouri, to the Senate’s rejection of the USA FREEDOM Act.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Classified Section

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

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