On May 8 OpenTheGovernment.org will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. At our celebration we will release a video about OpenTheGovernment.org. As a preview of the celebration, see clips below from the interviews we've conducted with our founders and supporters. Click here to see interviewers with and statements from our founders, funders, and champions!
In today's mail we received a new example that illustrates why we called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) "anything but an efficient and effective tool that the public can use to get timely access to government records" in our recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: a final response to a FOIA request we made to the Department of Defense (DOD) almost a year and a half ago, and that DOD had told use to expect within "http://managingfoia.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/a-call-with-the-department-
Several partners, including OpenTheGovernment.org, joined the Center for Effective Government in comments submitted to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The comments regarded ACUS’ draft recommendation on resolving FOIA disputes through alternative dispute resolution. The comments urged the conference to strengthen the recommendation by adding a pilot project to explore advisory opinions addressing individual cases, and more.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) earned a court ruling that may allow increased access to records about federal corruption probes. CREW brought suit after the FBI withheld records on the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Sunshine Week officially began on Monday, but OpenTheGovernment.org and many of our partners began the celebration early, paying particular attention to the Freedom of Information Act.
On February 28th, the former President’s Library released several thousand pages of records from the Clinton White House. Under the Presidential Records Act, records may be withheld for processing for up to 12 years after a president leaves office.
More than two dozen organizations (including OpenTheGovernment.org) joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in supporting passage of H.R. 1211, a bill to improve the government's processing of requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow afternoon (February 25). Click on "read more" to see the letter, and the signatories.
Twenty organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability called on Congress to consider the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 1380). The legislation would require any congressionally mandated report that is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act be made available online by the Government Printing Office. The common-sense legislation would create one central and searchable repository for the reports, which are currently difficult to find.
Over the past few months, OpenTheGovernment.org has been working to bring a renewed focus to how the open government community can work together to address some of the major issues with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).