Policy and News Update for April 22, 2008


In This Issue: [click on the link to go to the corresponding section]

I. OpenTheGovernment.org and 33 Groups Call for Public Comment on SBU Guidance
II. CREW Report Finds Federal Government Electronic Record Keeping Practices Abysmal
III. NARA Has Decided Not to Record a "Snapshot" of Government Webpages at the End of the Current Administration
IV. William Bosanko is Named the New Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)
News from Coalition Partners & Others

I. OpenTheGovernment.org and 33 Groups Call for Public Comment on SBU Guidance

OpenTheGovernment.org and thirty-three groups urged the White House to allow public review and comment on new rules governing the designation of Sensitive But Unclassified (or Controlled Unclassified Information — CUI) that are expected to be released soon. Opportunities for public comment were promised almost 6 years ago and many of the groups have sent previous letters (in 2007 and 2003) requesting an opportunity to comment.

 

II. CREW Report Finds Federal Government Electronic Record Keeping Practices Abysmal

Based on months of research and the results of an on-line survey, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report last week, Record Chaos: The Deplorable State of Electronic Record Keeping in the Federal Government , concluding that the federal government is severely mismanaging its electronic records. An executive summary of the report is available here. OpenTheGovernment.org provided assistance with the survey.

The Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives will be holding a hearing on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 2:00PM at Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the Electronic Communications Preservation Act (H.R. 5811).

 

III. NARA Has Decided Not to Record a "Snapshot" of Government Webpages at the End of the Current Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has decided to not record a snaphot of government web pages at the end of the current administration. Citing, among other reasons, the existence of "other ‘archiving’ sites," Paul Wester, the Director of Modern Records Programs as NARA released this memo on March 27, 2008.

Articles written about the original memo can be found at Computer World and DotGovWatch. NARA’s reposonse to the bad press can be found here.

 

IV. William Bosanko is Named the New Director of the ISOO

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein has announced the appointment of William Jamieson Bosanko (“Jay”) as the new director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). The President of the United States approved Mr. Bosanko’s appointment, which became effective on Monday, April 14, 2008. He succeeds J. William Leonard, who retired in January, 2008.

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) is responsible to the President for policy and oversight of the government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. ISOO receives its authority from Executive Orders 12958 "Classified National Security Information" as amended and 12829 "National Industrial Security Program" as amended. ISOO is a component of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and receives policy and program guidance from the National Security Council (NSC). For more information, go to the ISOO web page.

News from Coalition Partners & Others

EFF Report: FBI Slowed Terror Investigation with Improper NSL Request

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which claims that National Security Letters (NSLs) take too long and that it needs the authority to conduct surveillance without judicial oversight, delayed its own investigation of a student suspected of links to terrorism by employing an improper NSL to seek information on the suspect, at the direction of FBI Headquarters. The FBI failed to report the misuse for almost two years. Read EFF’s full report here.

 

Center for Progressive Reform testifies on the Federal Advisory Committee Act

Sidney A. Shapiro of the Center for Progressive Reform testified before the House subcommittee on Information, Policy, Census, and National Archives in regard to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 2008. Read his entire testimony here.

 

 

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