The Center for Effective Government has a 2000 word article that examines citizen access to government information in many areas: Chemical Security, Freedom of Information, Security and Secrecy, Environmental Right to Know, Public Data and Websites, Spending Transparency, Open, Accountable Government, Government Matters, DATA Act, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Open Government Partnership (OGP), USAspending.gov.
- Citizen Access to Information: A Rollercoaster in 2013. by Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government (12/17/2013).
What a rollercoaster of a year it was for citizen access to public information. Early in the year, a flurry of activity around improving freedom of information requests took place but then slowed down. Likewise, we are being teased with the possibility of serious improvements in the accuracy of federal spending datasets. We thought we were going to get better disclosure of fracking chemicals on federal lands, but good rules failed to materialize. After 38 years, legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act has been introduced, but with preemption clauses, it could actually end up reducing protections. The information leaked by Edward Snowden has led to tough questions and pressure for better oversight of our national surveillance agencies, but to date no action has occurred. And the government shutdown shut down federal agency websites, leaving citizens in the dark. Here is our take on the biggest ups and downs in open government for 2013.