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NRC IG: Process for public to seek corrections to agency information ineffective, inefficient

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have a good process in place that allows the public to seek corrections to agency information or to access previously submitted correction requests, according to a recent audit by the inspector general.

Reforms to IGs, acquisition, FOIA included in POGO's 'Baker's Dozen' of congressional priorities

POGO's 2015 "Baker's Dozen" includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight.

OMB agrees to release large index of government data, Sunlight Foundation says

Enterprise data inventories are comprehensive lists of a federal agency's information holdings that can provide a view of the data held internally across the government.

Second draft version US public participation document released

A second version of a draft document that provides best practices and performance metrics, which federal agencies can use to improve public participation, has been recently released.

With few exceptions, NASA largely complying with premium travel policies, IG finds

Except for a handful of instances, an internal audit has found that most NASA first- and business-class travel was properly authorized and complied with federal government policy. Still, the inspector general said the agency can improve compliance with travel policy and the accuracy of travel reports submitted to the General Services Administration.

IG issues lessons learned report about USDA's use of stimulus funds

The Agriculture Department's inspector general's audit is a look back and lessons learned from the 80 reports and 401 recommendations it has made, as of Aug. 15, regarding such programs funded to stimulate the economy. It's a "compilation report identifying the crosscutting themes, lessons learned, and conclusions" from the previous reports it's issued.

GAO: EPA not providing clear information about costs, benefits of regulatory decisions

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't always provide clear information about its cost-benefit analyses underlying its regulatory decisions, the investigative arm of Congress said in a recent report.

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.

Poor citizen engagement worse than no engagement, says open gov researcher

Why governments engage citizens in open government programs matters more than how they engage and poor engagement is worse than no engagement at all, says Tim Hughes, a researcher at Involve, a UK-based civil society organization. Hughes spoke March 20 during a webinar sponsored by the Open Government Partnership.  

Seven agencies fail on FOIA scorecard

Seven of fifteen federal agencies reviewed received a failing grade for implementing the Freedom of Information Act in a Center for Effective Government report. No agency earned an "A" overall although some agencies earned top scores in one of the three areas examined, says the group.