The Sunlight Foundation expanded its OpenCongress tool to break down more barriers between the public and their representatives. Many Members of Congress wall off their web contact forms by requiring users to fill out zip code requirements and to decipher captchas. Now, direct emails are available through legislators’ OpenCongress pages. Learn more here.
Deficient record keeping laws are an impediment to congressional oversight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in a letter to Congress last week. CREW requested that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform conduct a review of federal records management practices and to consider legislative action.
Sign the petition today to urge the Veterans Affairs Inspector General (IG) to drop its demand that the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) turn over the names of VA whistleblowers. The petition makes it clear that while POGO and their allies support the IG’s efforts to root out mismanagement and corruption at the VA, the subpoena for POGO’s records goes too far.
Twenty-six groups joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to urge President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to not renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program. The groups argue that the program is not only ineffective but is also “unconstitutional and violates the plain text of Section 215 and the purpose of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
A cybersecurity bill from the leadership of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) is scheduled for markup on Thursday. In addition to a number of other provisions, it would: create a new Exemption (#10) to the FOIA for “information shared with or provided to the Federal Government pursuant to” the Act; and allow the use of voluntary disclosures from private parties by any entity of the government to “prevent, investigate, or prosecute” Espionage Act offenses.