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Brookings fellow: More transparency yields better projects at federal aid agencies

If federal aid agencies want to maximize the impact of their development projects they should begin by being more transparent with the progress of their projects, says Brookings Institution Fellow Jeffrey Gutman in a July 20 blog post.

DOJ issues drone guidance for agencies that enhances transparency, accountability

The department uses drones to help in search and rescue efforts, drug interdictions and fugitive investigations, among other applications, since they are more cost-effective and safer than using manned aircraft.

Sunlight FOIA request leads to more open data, updated OMB policy

A Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation has turned into federal policy on agency data holdings, the foundation reported.

OMB releases more IT Dashboard metrics

For the first time since the Office of Management and Budget released the  IT Dashboard  in 2009, it is providing IT performance metrics used in internal discussions with agencies, according to a report.

Treasury restores some functionality lost in USASpending.gov redesign, stands up GitHub page for feedback

Changes made over the past week show "this isn't a one and done thing" said a Treasury official speaking on background. "It's iterative. It's going to be a continuous process," he added.

USASpending.gov updated, functionality drastically diminished say businesses

In the early hours of March 31, the Treasury Department pushed out an update to USASpending.gov, one of the federal government's premier open data platforms, but instead of ushering in improvements or new capabilities, changes to the massive database tool stripped the site of critical functionality.

Report: Scientists at health agencies get conflicting guidance on freedom of expression

A watchdog group says the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration need to issue stronger guarantees that their scientists have scientific freedom of speech.  

TIGTA: IRS failed to comply with 11 percent of FOIA requests

The Internal Revenue Service failed to comply with 11 percent of its Freedom of Information Act requests, a recently released Sept. 17 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The IRS relies on disclosure personnel to ensure that information requests received under the FOIA are handled timely and in accordance with laws and regulations.

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says  a paper  published June 18 in  Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.

OSTP directs agencies to improve access to scientific information

The White House directed agencies to improve public access to scientific information as part of its third annual Open Government Plan. The Office of Science and Technology Policy released the third version of the transparency strategy (pdf) June 1. It builds on earlier versions released in 2010 and 2012.