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  • PROMISES, PROMISES: A closed meeting on openness

    12/06/2009 8:28:45 AM PST · by FromLori · 20 replies · 514+ views
    Google News ^ | 12/6/09 | SHARON THEIMER
    It's hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public. The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama's uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama's first year in office ends, the government's actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president's words. "The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption:...
  • Has everyone had a chance to give Zero some ideas?

    06/01/2009 6:55:04 PM PDT · by SirFishalot · 6 replies · 281+ views
    All you need is an email address and a few minutes to give ideas to the President. Apparently he has run out of office space for more Czars and Blue Ribbon Panels to tell him what the US needs.
  • AP National Survey Finds 'Sunshine' Laws Often Not Enforced

    03/12/2007 8:03:55 AM PDT · by summer · 9 replies · 436+ views
    AP ^ | March 11, 2007 | AP
    NEW YORK Though laws in every state say government records and meetings must be open to all, reality often falls far short: Laws are sporadically enforced, penalties for failure to comply are mild and violators almost always walk away with nothing more than a reprimand, an Associated Press survey of all 50 states has found. Even in the handful of states that monitor such cases, when citizens appeal over lack of access to information, the government usually wins - and keeps public business secret. Why does it matter? Advocates for open government say public trust is at the heart of...