Patrice McDermott

  • Rise of tweets, self-deleting encrypted messages concern lawmakers

    Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the committee, wrote separate letters to NARA and the White House about ensuring records are managed properly.

  • Senate Judiciary approves bill to codify ‘presumption of openness’

    Senate committee lawmakers voted to send a manager’s amendment to the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act to the full body for consideration. The bill would require agencies to release documents more proactively.

  • Despite Obama directive, agencies maintain ad-hoc approach to unclassified information

    Congressional report points to misuse of TSA’s “sensitive security information” designation for unclassified agency data.

  • Snowden case threw ‘hand grenade’ into government secrecy, openness expert says

    Despite progress by some agencies in processing FOIA requests, Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org says its difficult to measure how open the government really is.

  • Federal Drive Show Blog – October 22, 2013

    On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Open data order, policy ushers in new norm

    President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order and OMB released a new policy requiring agencies to make data machine-readable and use open standards. Agencies must develop an inventory of information and make it publicly available. Good government groups praised the changes but had some concerns around the administration’s decision to apply the policy only to structured data.

  • Federal Drive interviews – September 28

    On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Open gov threatened by WikiLeaks

    OpenTheGovernment.org has sent a letter to OMB calling for the continued protection of open government, even after WikiLeaks.

  • Executive Order seeks to simplify document classification

    A newly-issued White House mandate provides new guidance for handling sensitive agency documents. Experts are giving it positive reviews so far. The new directive supersedes a similar order issued by the Bush administration, which critics say created a chaotic tangle of incompatible agency document classifications.

  • Audit: Agency Open Government Plans vary widely

    Some agencies are doing well when it comes to complying with the Open Government Directive, while others are struggling, according to a recent audit.