Open government advocates push for finalization of ‘release to one, release to all’ policy

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.

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First round of email records reporting holds mirror to agencies’ management practices

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Surge in information requests, hiring freeze puts pressure on overburdened FOIA offices

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Obama celebrates 50th anniversary of FOIA by signing update to law

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‘Broken’ FOIA process led to delays, $1M fees, lawmakers say

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Data formats stall transparency in government

When it comes to government transparency, the Freedom of Information Act officers at federal agencies have a lot of catching up to do.

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Emily Shaw: Striking the balance between open data and privacy

Everybody from President Barack Obama on down says they want a more open and transparent government. Still, when releasing government-held data sets to…

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Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That’s in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It’s been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what’s in those indexes.

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