Office of Management and Budget-led "AcqStat" meetings with agencies to discuss acquisition processes were held sporadically in 2010 and 2011, with the majority of meetings not occurring until the past few months, long after OMB officials began touting them as an oversight means.
A review of federal agency classification programs by the National Archives and Records Administration Information Security Oversight Office found that, for the most part, agencies have clarified what categories of information need to be classified to protect national security.
A 3 year effort to speed up responses to Freedom of Information Act programs has had mixed results at 16 federal agencies, in many cases resulting in more backlogged requests and the increased use of exemptions to withhold information, the GAO finds. Auditors also find that many electronic FOIA libraries are "sparsely populated" because the agencies aren't ensuring frequently requested records are identified and posted online.
Thirty-nine percent of the Justice Department's office of legal counsel opinions are partially or completely withheld from the public, according to research from the Sunlight Foundation outlined in an Aug. 15 blog post. This is despite a 2010 DOJ memo endorsing the "presumption that [OLC] should make significant opinions fully and promptly available to the public."The transparency watchdog analyzed a cache of 15 years-worth of OLC opinions obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and published by Government Attic.
Justice Department officials say they have no intention of converting the department-run FOIA.gov website into a tool capable of managing Freedom of Information Act requests, according to the Government Accountability Office. FOIA.gov, which came online in march 2011, collects agency FOIA processing data and allows users to generate reports using that data. It cost about $300,000 to develop, Justice officials told auditors.
"People in the government have only used data.gov to open and release data. It's never been used as an interactive platform to actually crowdsource," said Stephanie Grosser, presidential management fellow at USAID.
The federal government wants to connect more with state and local governments on open government projects, said Chris Vein, deputy federal chief technology officer. To that end, data.gov will soon launch a spin-off platform called cities.data.gov.
An amendment to the House version of the fiscal 2013 national defense authorization bill that would permit Voice of America and the State Department to disseminate within the United States informational material intended for foreign audiences has created strange bedfellows of approval.
Especially for a voluble group of self-proclaimed believers that the private sector can do better than government, the House Appropriations Committee looks mightily like it's trying to protect a...
Creating APIs to fuel the next generation of web and mobile services is a technical challenge, but it's also a cultural challenge, said a Census Bureau official June 4, while speaking at the Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Md.