Policy and News Updates for May 20, 2008


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

I. The Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, Testifies at NARA Oversight Hearing

II. White House Issues Memorandum on ‘Sensitive but Unclassified’ Framework

News from Coalition Partners & Others

I. The Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, Testifies at NARA Oversight Hearing

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security held an oversight hearing of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on May 14, 2008. Among the panelists were Partice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org and Tom Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive.

For the full testimonies of all the panelists click here.

See also Challenges in Implementing an Electronic Records Archive and Agencies Face Challenges in Managing E-Mail from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)


II. White House Issues Memorandum on ‘Sensitive but Unclassified’ Framework

On May 9, 2008, the White House issued a Memorandum on "Designation and Sharing of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)," with no opportunity for public review or comment.

On April 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org and thirty-three groups had 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). 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.

The office with responsibility for implementation of the new framework will be housed at NARA


News from Coalition Partners & Others

Washington Post Profiles the National Security Archive

On May 8th, the Washington Post profiled the National Security Archive in an article titled "Eyes Only: [redacted]"


National Library Legislative Day 2008 Wrap-Up

On May 13 and 14, over 400 librarians and library supporters converged on Washington, DC, for the 34th annual National Library Legislative Day. They came from as far away as Hawaii and from every library discipline you can think of, to lobby their Members of Congress on such issues as copyright, telecommunications and funding. “Vote for Libraries!” was the message of the day and the enthusiastic crowd set out to bring that message to their Senators and Representatives.


Congress: 33 Groups Support Public and Government-wide Federal Contractor Database

Yesterday, May 19, thirty-three organizations, including the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) urged both the House and Senate to support an important provision in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (S. 3001, Sec. 831) for a comprehensive contractor responsibility database.

POGO Investigator op-ed on Boeing whistleblower Prosecution



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