Getting to Greater Government TransparencyTweet
February 1, 2013
The federal government needs to take concrete steps to be open and transparent by default, said OpenTheGovernment.org executive director Patrice McDermott in an op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog.
McDermott offered a series of specific actions the federal government could take to become more open.
To ensure that the actions of federal agencies in complying with the Freedom of Information Act match the mandated "presumption in favor of disclosure," the Justice Department’s litigation strategy must reflect that mandate. We also recommend a deadline for agencies to update Freedom of Information Act regulations, with a focus on making it easier to obtain information. Also, agencies should be pushed to join the multiagency shared service, FOIAonline. FOIA needs to become a vehicle of last resort, not the first, by requiring federal agencies to post information that helps the public better hold them accountable.
See the many other specific suggestions for a more transparent federal government in the full article.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: Open Government
Related Content: FOIA
Authors: Andre Francisco
- May 20, 2016
- April 15, 2016
- April 12, 2016
- March 18, 2016
- March 3, 2016
- January 12, 2016
- December 7, 2015
- November 12, 2015
Browse POGOBlog by Topic
POGO on Facebook
Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers
The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.