Twenty-two open government organizations are looking to help expand public access to information, and at the same time lessen the paperwork burden on agencies.
The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Assistance Transparency Act expands on the DATA Act’s standardized federal spending reports.
The evaluation comes more than five months after GSA’s Contracting Officer Kevin Terry and general counsel ruled that President Trump was not in violation of his lease.
Agencies were scored for how easy it is to find and use email records, established email policies, and employee training. Agencies were also scored on whether there is a low, medium or high risk of not managing email effectively.
Leaders of the bipartisan transparency caucus pledged to work together to restore public trust in open government, and to apply transparency standards evenly across the three branches of government.
Freedom of information advocates say the recent uptick in FOIA requests is due to a combination of current events and interest in the presidential transition. But the growing interest does mean an additional burden on already short-staffed FOIA offices.
What really happens during presidential transitions? For a view of how to make transition more open and transparent, as part of our continuing series, Tracking the Transition. Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Alex Howard, senior analyst at the Sunlight Foundation.
Several good government and oversight organizations, along with eight individual whistleblowers, wrote to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) in support of the whistleblower protections included in the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act. But they had some tough criticism for the changes the bill would make to due process rights for VA executives.
The White House also released new initiatives to improve agency response to records requests, including tasking the new Chief FOIA Officers Council to identify and address the biggest difficulties in complying with the law and OMB will issue new openness and transparency guidance.
Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation discusses the legislation now being negotiated to codify new reforms to the Freedom of Information Act.