The Data Coalition released its legislative agenda for 2018. Founder Hudson Hollister discusses some highlights.
A new GAO report shows the government middling along, with a few glaring problems, in implementing FITARA.
One potential proposal calls on Congress to require OGE to post more information online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.