Open government

FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland listens during a meeting of the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force at the Justice Department, March 10, 2022 in Washington. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Garland on Wednesday, March 16, for the first time convened a multilateral task force known as REPO, short for Russian Elites, Proxies and Oligarchs, one of several new efforts dedicated to enforcing sanctions against Russian oligarchs over the war in Ukraine. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP, File)

Garland issues new FOIA guidance as lawmakers seek GAO study of agency challenges  

The new guidance emphasizes a “presumption of openness,” but agencies continue to struggle to process FOIA requests and make a dent in the backlog.

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The Capitol is seen as the partial government shutdown lurches into a third week with President Donald Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. After no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged shutdown, newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House hints at Federal Data Strategy, OPEN Govt Data Act, in open-government strategy

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White House crowdsources open-government playbook

In writing a new tipsheet for agencies about engaging the public, the White House is practicing what it’s preaching.

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Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and…

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Jill James, Director of, Education Department

The Education Department has two ambitious goals to reach by 2020: see the U.S. become the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world, and see low income and minority students find the same successes as their peers in graduating from high school and having access to college education. The department’s Open Government Plan is key to achieving these goals. Jill James is director of in the Office of Communications and Outreach. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive…

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