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The Transition: Information, Technology, and Information-Technology

There is a lot going on during the current transition to a new Administration with regard to information policy, technology policy, and information-technology (IT) policy. Sometimes these overlap, but not always. I wanted to take this opportunity to bring together some resources relevant to government information and technology policies during this transition period.

John Shuler has begun some comments here on FGI, which I hope will spark comments and discussion.

The Environmental Protection Agency has had an ongoing National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information since April, and they have issued a draft report:

The Government Accountability Office has a website for it to provide “insight into, and recommendations for addressing, the nation’s major issues, risks and challenges” and information technology is mentioned there in relation to everything from the Agriculture, to Census, to Veterans.

As mentioned here earlier, the Obama-Biden Transition Project (a 501c(4) organization) has set up a .gov website, Change.gov, which they call the Office of the President-Elect. It has a blog, position papers, agendas, and includes a page on technology:

Over at the Sunlight foundation, Gabriela Schneider, the Communications Director, interviewed several Sunlight staff members to get their opinions on how the next administration can be more open and transparent.

And John Wonderlich at Sunlight has a posting that, though not specifically about IT policy, is very interesting in terms of the transition. He has tracked down a number of most relevant CRS reports on Members of Congress in transition and the mechanisms of congressional authority, how Members are assigned to committees, to chairmanships, to status as ranking members; how leadership positions are determined, and so forth:

I will certainly be following John Shuler’s comments here closely and invite everyone to add their comments here at FGI about the issues and opportunities that will affect access to government information.

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