ANALYSIS: Greasing the Wheels of Justice: Independent Experts in National Security Cases [National Security Law Report]
ANALYSIS: The 2006 Transparency Awards [OMB Watcher]
ANALYSIS: Pelosi and Reid Promise Increased Congressional Transparency [The Watcher, OMB Watch]
ANALYSIS: Robert Gates on Openness, Oversight
[Secrecy News blog]
ANALYSIS: Glimmers of greater openness at secretive Court
[First Amendment Center]
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Forum on the Department of Labor Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Plan. Dec. 18, 2006 in Washington, DC
ANNOUCEMENT: The State Government Hall of Fame is open to anyone who has made a substantial, sustained and lasting contribution to open government or freedom of information within one particular state. Sponsored by The National Freedom of Information Coalition.
COALITION PARTNER NEWS
COALITION PARTNER NEWS: Federal court rules NSA can withhold details of domestic wiretapping [JURIST]
The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by People for the American Way
COALITION PARTNER NEWS: Many of our coalition partners filed or signed on to amicus curiae briefs in support of a petition by John Gilmore. Read the background of the secret law case and the briefs here. GovExec.com reports here.
CONGRESS: Ranking Democratic Members of Congress called on the EPA to immediately stop efforts to close libraries across the country pending a review by Congress. Read the letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson.
CONGRESS: Organizations and individuals sent a letter on Nov. 26 to ask Congress to shed light on the secret contract between Smithsonian and Showtime.
FOIA: A FOIA lawsuit has resulted in the release of a security video from the Arlington Doubletree Hotel showing the plane crashing into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. [From The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Behind the Homefront]
NEWS: Florida Governor-elect Charlie Crist announced the creation of the Office of Open Government within the Executive Office of the Governor
NEWS: 10,600 Scientists Condemn Political Interference in Science [Union of Concerned Scientists]
NEWS: Newly Released FBI Documents Disclose Grave Deficiencies in the War on Terrorism [National Whistleblower Center]
NEWS: Congressional Tunnel Workers File Whistleblower Retaliation Claim
[Government Accountability Project]
NEWS: Insider: FCC Buried Report Critical of TV Station Monopolies [The NewStandard 9.18.06]
Also see AFL-CIO’s blog to find out more and get involved!
NEW WEBSITE: Visit the University Channel, a webspace where a number of universities can place their respective materials (podcasts, videocasts, blogs, etc) together, much of it policy-related
NEW WEBSITE: OMB Watch launches FedSpending.org, a free, searchable database of federal government spending
REPORTS: Several new reports on state open government laws from the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) : A survey of states [pdf] on open government issues ; Federal Controls on State Information Disclosure [pdf]; Federal Protection Laws Can Hinder Open Government (press release)
REPORT: State Employees Who Tell Inconvenient Truths Face Vastly Different Consequences: Whistleblower "Honesty Index" [Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)]
REPORT: Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine
[American Bar Association]
RESOURCE: Bush Admin: What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Us [TPMmuckraker blog]
RESOURCE: Supreme Court Times: Up-to-date information about cases currently on the docket of the Supreme Court of the United States
SURVEY: Montana, Florida give best access to election info
A state-by-state ranking is available at www.citizenaccess.org by clicking on Election Records, Overall.
COURT RULING: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has affirmed a general right of access to information held by government, the first such ruling from an international tribunal. Find out more