• Hudson Hollister: Breaking down legislative data in 2018

    The Data Coalition released its legislative agenda for 2018. Founder Hudson Hollister discusses some highlights.

  • Some agencies need jumpstart for FITARA requirements

    A new GAO report shows the government middling along, with a few glaring problems, in implementing FITARA.

  • Former OGE director offering Congress ‘a la carte’ menu of transparency and ethics solutions

    One potential proposal calls on Congress to require OGE to post more information online.

  • Chris O’Neil: How public affairs officers communicate

    Public affairs officers, like their PR counterparts in business, have the task of responding to reporters who probably have difficult questions. The PAOs’ bosses would like to skip it and have the reporters to go away. That’s not a recipe for great public communications. Chris O’Neil, a federal public affairs officer and the president-elect of the National Association of Government Communicators, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • How COOs are indispensable to management agendas

    These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration. But it’s the people occupying these offices that are best positioned to make real changes in the way agencies perform their missions.

  • Sean Moulton: States may have answer to procurement transparency

    Every time there’s been a move to post actual federal contract documents on public websites, the effort’s been derailed, partly because of concerns about protecting contractors’ proprietary information. Sean Moulton manages the open government program at Project on Government Oversight. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what the feds can learn from how states handle similar information.

  • Jeff Ruch: Federal scientists advocate for greater transparency

    One group representing federal scientists is urging President Donald Trump to finish work it says was left unfinished by the Obama administration. Namely, establishing and enforcing policies for transparency and sharing when it comes to scientific information. Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Hudson Hollister: The challenge of upgrading federal data formats

    The government has made progress in opening up its vast stores of data and getting it to flow. But, as it approaches 2017, it still has lots of data on paper or in formats that aren’t machine-readable. So the work continues. In fact, the Data Foundation holds its fourth annual Data Transparency summit this month, and the White House itself will participate. Data Foundation imterim president Hudson Hollister joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Alex Howard: Making presidential transition more transparent

    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.

  • 5 bills House lawmakers wanted to act on before summer break

    The House Oversight and Government Reform committee passed a series of bills during a July 12 markup hearing aimed at improving and reforming digital record-keeping practices and making federal agencies and oversight more efficient and accessible.