New Effort to Gather Public Input on Declassification – November 12, 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue:
News from Coalition Partners & Others
I. PIDB Sets Public Meeting for November 21

News from Coalition Partners & Others


Sunlight Foundation Upgrades OpenCongress.org

OpenCongress, a project launched six years ago by the Participatory Politics Foundation, is now a part of Sunlight Foundation’s many online resources. Sunlight developers have re-launched the platform with “refreshed code” and will continue to improve data quality in the legislative information tool. Explore the new OpenCongress here.


Partners Join CREW in support of the DATA Act

More than twenty groups, including OpenTheGovernment.org, joined the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in support of the DATA Act’s efforts to make more government spending information open and public. As the letter states, the proposed bill “will improve the transparency of our government to its citizens and modernize our government’s ability to manage itself.” Learn more about the bill here.


Library Groups Thank GPO for Providing Public Access to Government Information During Shutdown

Several of OpenTheGovernment.org’s partners, the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Special Libraries Association wrote to the Government Printing Office in appreciation for their services during the government shutdown. The GPO kept its website accessible during the shutdown, unlike many federal agencies. As the letter notes, “the shutdown demonstrated GPO’s critical role in ensuring the full electronic life cycle of digital content, from harvesting and cataloging to permanent public access and preservation.” The American Association of Law Libraries is providing a platform for the public to share with Congress how the shutdown impacted access to government information here.

I. PIDB Sets Public Meeting for November 21

On Thursday, November 21 the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) will hold a public meeting at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to discuss its recommendations to the President on transforming classification, and gather input on prioritizing declassification. If you would like to attend, please note that space is limited and you must sign up via Eventbrite.

Keep an eye on the PIDB's blog, Transforming Classification, to read and respond to the Board's initial thoughts on what topics should be prioritized for declassification review. Regular readers might remember that the PIDB used its blog to gather public input for its recommendations to the President. During that process, the PIDB posted white papers outlining their thoughts and asking for responses to targeted questions. The PIDB then posted a summary of the input they received and responded to the comments.

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