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  • PBS on FOIA Reform

    The FOIA blog
    scott hodes
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    PBS has this on the FOIA bill winding its way through Congress.
  • Free speech rights of registered sex offenders trumps resrictions on internet activity

    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion
    donal brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A federal appeals court scuttled a popular state initiative that would have required registered sex offenders to report their internet activity. The initiative would have required offenders to notify law enforcement whenever they got a new internet service account or internet identifier. (Bloomberg Businessweek, November 19, 2014, by Josh Eidelson) The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court […]
  • Four IDOG seminars set for December

    IDOG
    IDOG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The public is invited to attend any of four upcoming free seminars on Idaho’s key open government laws, the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law, Dec. 8-11 in North Idaho, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. It’s a chance to learn what is covered – and what is not – […]
  • Drone Lobby Taking Flak from the FAA

    OpenSecrets Blog
    John Sugden
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Under the proposed rules, the FAA would regulate small drones like this one the same way as those weighing up to 55 lbs.(flickr/Don McCullough) The lobbying effort to allow commercial drone use looks set to take a major hit, with the Federal Aviation Administration planning to issue a series of long-awaited regulations as soon as the end of December. And given what the FAA will be proposing, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal, businesses hoping to make use of the technology aren’t going to be happy. That includes those in what might be called the…
  • This Thanksgiving, let a little Sunlight in

    Sunlight Foundation Blog
    Lindsey Jacks
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    We'd love your support this #GivingTuesday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which, for many of us, means spending time with family, watching football and consuming enough turkey to induce a coma. However you will be spending the holiday tomorrow: Happy Thanksgiving, from our Sunlight family to yours. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday season — and the beginning of the holiday shopping season, with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday. If you plan on taking advantage of Cyber Monday savings, shop on AmazonSmile and give back to the Sunlight Foundation at the same time!
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    The FOIA blog

  • PBS on FOIA Reform

    scott hodes
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    PBS has this on the FOIA bill winding its way through Congress.
  • Records Managment For FOIA Professionals and Others

    scott hodes
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    ASAP is holding a training for records managment for FOIA professionals and others on December 11.  This one day training is very important to those involved in access and records issues and is centrally located at the National Archives and Records Administration, steps from the White House and Capitol. More can be found here - register today!
  • Language of Senate FOIA Bill As Passed By Judiciary Committee/Press Reports

    scott hodes
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Here is the actual FOIA bill reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. The Hill has this article on the committee's action.  Politico has also weighed in and notes that some language that would aid disclosure has been removed.
  • FOIA Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

    scott hodes
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The Senate Judiciary Committee passed amendments to the FOIA today.  The proposed law creates a 25 year limit on Exemption 5 and other language on the use of Exemption 5.  The bill passing the committee did strip out the statutory use of the foreseeable harm test that was in the original proposal.  The National Security Archive has more on the bill. The next step is that the full Senate must vote on it; after that it must be reconciled with a House bill that passed earlier this year.  And as I've said before, the clock is ticking on the congressional…
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Set to Take Up FOIA Bill

    scott hodes
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for Nov. 20, 2014 has the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 set for discussion.  The mark up of the bill has been postponed twice; if it doesn't get through the committee tommorow, chances are that its done for this session.  If it gets through the committee it will then go to the entire Senate; after passage it would need to be reconciled with the House version of the bill. 
 
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    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion

  • Free speech rights of registered sex offenders trumps resrictions on internet activity

    donal brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A federal appeals court scuttled a popular state initiative that would have required registered sex offenders to report their internet activity. The initiative would have required offenders to notify law enforcement whenever they got a new internet service account or internet identifier. (Bloomberg Businessweek, November 19, 2014, by Josh Eidelson) The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court […]
  • Los Angeles: California Supreme Court allows redactions of teacher names in reporting test scores

    donal brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    The California Supreme Court left standing a lower court ruling in favor of the Los Angeles Unified School District, allowing them to continue to redact teachers’ names in releasing statistics on job performance. State courts had found that the public interest in keeping names redacted outweighed the interest in disclosing scores with teachers’ names. The […]
  • Brown Act roundup: Judge finds Monterey County was within the law in performance reviews

    donal brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    A Superior Court judge ruled that Monterey County supervisors did not violate the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, by holding closed sessions to review the performance of the water resources general manager. Officials can conduct job performance evaluations during closed sessions but not set policies or goals. (Monterey Herald, November 18, 2014, by Jim […]
  • Google wins First Amendment case over right to arrange search results

    donal brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    A California Superior Court judge ruled that Google had a First Amendment right to arrange its search results without outside direction. A website CoastNews had argued that Google had unfairly put it in the lower echelon of search results hurting its business. CoastNews and such companies as Yelp and Travelocity are fearful that Google can […]
  • Reporters Committee finds First Amendment issues in warrantless search for cell phone location data

    donal brown
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is arguing that warrantless searches for cell phone location data can reveal a reporter’s pattern of investigation and confidential sources. The Fourth Amendment was written with journalists in mind since journalists were subject to warrants for seditious libel. The amendment required searches to be limited to probable […]
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    IDOG

  • Four IDOG seminars set for December

    IDOG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The public is invited to attend any of four upcoming free seminars on Idaho’s key open government laws, the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law, Dec. 8-11 in North Idaho, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. It’s a chance to learn what is covered – and what is not – […]
  • Revealed: St. Luke’s hospital antitrust trial documents made public

    IDOG
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hours of court testimony that took place behind closed doors a year ago are now open to the public. The documents describe, among other things, emails in which local hospital executives talk about a "monopoly model." From the Idaho Statesman
  • Prosecutor: No meeting law violations

    IDOG
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh determined the Mica Kidd Island Fire District commissioners didn't violate open meeting law when they conducted an executive session this summer. From the Coeur d'Alene Press
  • Open public records key to limiting government

    IDOG
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Idaho typically elects conservative officeholders with skeptical views of government and then allows them to lower the blinds on public information. One would think voters would want the government closest to them to be the most open, but that’s not how it works in the Gem State. Editorial from The Spokesman-Review
  • Idaho ombudsman needs to take charge

    IDOG
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In Idaho and the Treasure Valley there is no shortage of public information officers, public affairs officers, communications directors and specialists. There are more combinations of these words - and we didn't even mention the platoons of lawyers who pore over information requests. Dozens and dozens of people throughout the state are paid millions of dollars collectively to broker and serve as information conduits to media and citizens. The proliferation of this class of public employee would lead one to expect the utmost transparency and access to public information, right? Editorial from…
 
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    OpenSecrets Blog

  • Drone Lobby Taking Flak from the FAA

    John Sugden
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Under the proposed rules, the FAA would regulate small drones like this one the same way as those weighing up to 55 lbs.(flickr/Don McCullough) The lobbying effort to allow commercial drone use looks set to take a major hit, with the Federal Aviation Administration planning to issue a series of long-awaited regulations as soon as the end of December. And given what the FAA will be proposing, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal, businesses hoping to make use of the technology aren’t going to be happy. That includes those in what might be called the…
  • Tea Party Army: Self-Dealing Officers Prey on Small Donors

    Russ Choma
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    A sample “enrollment card” in the Tea Party Army, which the group’s website says can be obtained via a $100 donation. The Tea Party Army’s fundraising appeals are not subtle. A recent e-mail sent by the group, a super PAC, warns the reader that when George W. Bush left office, there were 1.8 million Muslims living America, and now there are “close to 7 million.” “This horde of new Muslims may be quiet for now,” the fundraising e-mail cautioned. “But they are simply doing what the mullahs in their mosques are telling them: Keep quiet, keep…
  • Year of the Woman — Just Not the Republican Woman

    dweber
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Incoming Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham, who will help propel the number of women in the House to a historic high. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) When the 114th Congress convenes in January, there will be 84 women in the House — a record number. Yet despite the fact that Republicans had a far better Election Day, it is Democrats driving this trend. In the next Congress, 62 of the House members who are women will be Democrats – about a third of the Democratic House membership. That’s a record both as a percentage and an absolute number. It’s partly due to the fact that women were…
  • Thanksgiving Giving

    John Sugden
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    (flickr/Tim Sackton) Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in traditions: watching the Detroit Lions lose, blaming tryptophan for your food coma and making yourself scarce when it comes time to do the dishes. Okay, maybe those traditions don’t apply to everyone — but Thanksgiving’s staple menu items likely do. Though variations abound, it’s difficult to find a holiday table lacking turkey, stuffing, potatoes (mashed or sweet) and some variation of sugar-infused cranberries. As households across the country uphold tradition on Thursday, the industries behind these stalwart…
  • New OpenSecrets Issue Profile: E-Cigarettes

    crp_comm
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    (flickr/MomentiMedia) Vaping is hot. Use of electronic cigarettes is on a steady rise — the overall market value was estimated to be between $1 and $1.7 billion last year. Even the term has achieved the ultimate mark of respectability: “Vaping” was recently named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. Fittingly, we’ve made this the latest in OpenSecrets.org’s series of  explanatory profiles. Marketed as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes employ a battery-powered heating element to convert a liquid containing nicotine, flavor and other…
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    Sunlight Foundation Blog

  • This Thanksgiving, let a little Sunlight in

    Lindsey Jacks
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    We'd love your support this #GivingTuesday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which, for many of us, means spending time with family, watching football and consuming enough turkey to induce a coma. However you will be spending the holiday tomorrow: Happy Thanksgiving, from our Sunlight family to yours. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday season — and the beginning of the holiday shopping season, with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday. If you plan on taking advantage of Cyber Monday savings, shop on AmazonSmile and give back to the Sunlight Foundation at the same time!
  • European Union announces new rules aimed to enhance lobbying disclosure

    Lindsay Ferris
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    EC President Jean-Claude Juncker   Last week, the European Commission revealed new rules that will attempt to make EU lobbying more transparent. Beginning December 1, top-level EU officials will be required to publicly declare their meetings with lobbyists. The announcement comes in the wake of scandal for the EU’s new President, Jean-Claude Juncker. Just days after taking office on November 1, documents were leaked alleging secret tax deals in Luxembourg with big corporations that occurred during Juncker’s term as prime minister of the small Western European country. Though the…
  • New Mexico water commission votes to divert Gila River despite open meetings complaints

    Nancy Watzman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    The Gila River. Photo by Avelino Maestas A New Mexico water commission yesterday decided to go forward with a plan to divert thousands of acre-feet of water from the Gila River, despite complaints by activists that it violated open meetings laws. A former staff director of the commission, Norman Guame, brought a lawsuit charging the violations and in late October New Mexico District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), from moving forward with the plans, as we reported here. However, Ortiz recused himself from the…
  • Being strategic about retiring projects

    Nicko Margolies
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Image via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Close observers of Sunlight's work may have noticed a number of projects listed as retired on the recently revamped tools page. As an organization, we believe in taking stock of our work on a regular basis to sunset programs that are no longer operating as intended, or that are outside the goals we've set for the future. This critical self-evaluation can be a challenging process as each project is backed by passionate Sunlighters and public fans, but we know it is important to keep our work focused on the areas where we're making the most impact and…
  • Help liberate your town's info with the Open Civic Data project!

    Paul Tagliamonte
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    This Thanksgiving holiday, we're asking you to join Sunlight in helping create open data about your local government. Over the last year and a half, we have been working hard to architect and implement new tools and data specifications to work with state and municipal data; ultimately, we want to make it easier for you to better know how your local-level elected officials are creating laws that will affect you in your hometown. This is all part of our new Open Civic Data project. Imagine getting a push notification letting you know when your city council is taking up legislation to improve…
 
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  • EFF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Student Speech on Social Media

    Sophia Cope
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    This week EFF joined an amicus brief in support of a college student who was expelled from school for comments he made on Facebook. Craig Keefe was a nursing student at a public college in Minnesota when he posted several comments on his Facebook profile expressing frustration about certain aspects of the nursing program, including what he considered to be favoritism of female students. Keefe also engaged in a dispute with one of his classmates, calling her a "stupid bitch." While his Facebook profile was publicly viewable, he was off-campus when he posted his comments and did not use any…
  • Appeals Court Must Fix Dangerous 'Innocence of Muslims' Copyright Ruling

    Rebecca Jeschke
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Faulty Decision from Ninth Circuit Panel Endangers Free Speech, Historical RecordSan Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of technology and free speech organizations are asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to fix a disastrously wrongheaded copyright ruling that required an online service provider to take offline—and keep offline—a controversial video that has been the center of a global debate. This case, Garcia v. Google, centers on "The Innocence of Muslims," a short video on YouTube that sparked protests worldwide in the fall…
  • EFF Co-launches Global Coalition on Net Neutrality, as the Battle for an Open Internet Heats Up

    Jeremy Gillula and Jeremy Malcolm
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Today EFF is proud to join 35 groups from 19 countries around the world to officially launch the campaign website of a new global coalition for net neutrality, at http://www.thisisnetneutrality.org/. The breadth and diversity of this coalition underlines how net neutrality has truly become a global issue. While Internet users in the United States are speaking up in favor of the reclassification of broadband as a telecommunications service, across the Atlantic activists are also fighting to preserve Europe's open Internet, which has been placed in jeopardy again this week. (Europeans can take…
  • Censoring the Web Isn't the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It's the Problem.

    Jeremy Malcolm
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web. It's an attractive idea because if you don't think too hard, it appears to be a political no-brainer. It allows governments to avoid addressing the underlying social problem—a long and costly process—and instead simply pass the buck to Internet providers,…
  • EFF to Court: Don’t Waste Time, A “Picture Menu” is Not Patentable

    Vera Ranieri
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Yesterday, EFF filed an amicus brief at the Federal Circuit urging it to confirm that U.S. Patent No. 6,585,516 improperly claims ineligible abstract ideas. In the brief, we argue that the patent on using picture menus stored in a database to create meals should never have been granted in the first place. But more importantly, EFF argues that the Federal Circuit should confirm that quick, early decisions as to patent eligibility are vital to clearing our system of bad patents. U.S. Patent 6,585,516, owned by DietGoal Innovations, LLC, is a pretty typical bad patent. It’s got a…
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Foul Fowl? Why Your Thanksgiving Turkey May Be Getting Riskier

    rwhite
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner in a couple of days, we might be worried about who gets the drumstick or whether our crazy uncle will dominate the conversation. But we’re probably not worrying about whether the turkey is safe to eat because we’ve had a robust food inspection system in place for over a hundred years. That might be changing – parts of our food inspection system may not be keeping up with the threats posed by our current food production system. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with…
  • North Dakota Fails to Collect Fines for Fracking Violations

    afrank
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Last June, North Dakota’s oil industry hit a new milestone, reaching a production volume of 1 million barrels per day. The current oil boom has brought new jobs and wealth to its largely agricultural economy. But the boom has also caused an increase in oil accidents and spills that harm workers and the environment. A recent New York Times article maps these spills and underscores the need for improved enforcement of fracking violations in the state.  Risky Business One out of every six wells had an incident of environmental damage in 2013.   The authors collected data from the…
  • Verizon Disputes Our Report Without Backing Up Its Claims

    sklinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Last week, my colleague Sarah Anderson and I published Fleecing Uncle Sam, which examined large corporations that paid their CEOs more than they paid in federal corporate income taxes. The report generated widespread media coverage and significant corporate backlash. Verizon was one of the corporations that challenged the veracity of our reporting. In an email to Reuters reporter Kevin Drawbaugh, a Verizon representative stated the company paid $422 million in income taxes in 2013.  The spokesman added, “We do not provide a breakdown between federal vs. state in that total;…
  • Congress’s Latest Stealth Attack on EPA Standards – Restrict Expert Scientific Advice

    rwhite
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    In the leading edge of what is expected to be a wave of legislation in the new Congress aimed at undermining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to set essential public protections, the House of Representatives last week passed two bills that would undermine the agency's ability to advance good, science-based policy and improve pubic health. Under the guise of improving the scientific process, the Secret Science Reform Act (H.R. 4012) deliberately creates a Catch-22 situation that would prevent EPA from developing new rules essential for protecting public…
  • Black Friday, Cyber Monday…Now Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

    jholcomb
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Mere hours after Thanksgiving dinner ends, people spend billions of dollars in stores and online, first on Black Friday and then on Cyber Monday. This year, you have a chance to redirect some of those dollars to a day with a greater mission: Giving Tuesday. In 2012, New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation teamed up to create a national day of giving. Aptly named “Giving Tuesday,” the day encourages Americans to give to charities and nonprofit organizations in honor of the holiday season. In its first year, about 2,500 organizations participated. Last year,…
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    Local Open Government Blog

  • Everett Herald Reports on PRA Records Dating Before there was a United States!

    Steve DiJulio
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    On November 25, 2014, the Everett [WA] Herald reported that a man has requested records from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office dating to July 4, 1776.  Perhaps the requestor was not much of a student of history, as Snohomish County was created by the Washington Territorial Legislature on January 14, 1861 (out of Island County).  Click here for the story. Unfortunately, the Washington Public Record Act (PRA) does not provide ready relief to public agencies facing such absurd requests.  Only if the requester is an inmate is there opportunity for relief.  See…
  • Appellate Court Holds the Wisconsin Counties Association Not Subject to Public Records Law

    Steve DiJulio
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA)  is an unincorporated not-for-profit association of that State’s counties.  The Wisconsin Professional Police Association submitted two requests for records to the WCA under the Wisconsin Public Records Law.  Wisconsin courts previously recognized that under a ”totality of the circumstances” test an entity may be a quasi-governmental organization that resembles a governmental corporation and  subject to the Public Records Law.  That holding even applied to a private corporation.  This is similar to the…
  • Washington Appellate Court Addresses, Again, PRA Statute Of Limitations For Single Production Responses - Is The Air Clearing?

    Adrian Urquhart Winder
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    In 2005, the Washington Legislature amended the Public Records Act to shorten the statute of limitations from five years to one year.  See Laws of 2005, ch. 483, § 5; former RCW 42.17.410.  Actions for judicial review under RCW 42.56.550 now “must be filed within one year of the agency’s claim of exemption or the last production of a record on a partial or installment basis.”  RCW 42.56.550(6).  Since this amendment, however, appellate courts have given the statute inconsistent treatment in cases involving single productions where no exemptions were…
  • Recent PRA Litigation Missteps: Abandoned Claims, False Starts

    Foster Pepper
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By Milt Rowland and Lee Marchisio Abandoned Claims.  In West v. Gregoire, Division II of the Court of Appeals held that a PRA requestor who moves for a show cause order under RCW 42.56.550(1) abandons any claims he or she does not either (1) address in briefing, (2) mention in oral argument, or (3) otherwise specifically preserve for judicial review.  Arthur West submitted a public records request to Governor Gregoire’s office.  After providing West an initial five‑day letter, the Governor’s office did not further communicate for several…
  • Case Law Update: "fullest assistance," redactions for effective law enforcement, disclosure of non-agency phone logs

    Lee Marchisio
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Washington Court of Appeals issued three notable Public Records Act decisions in the past few days.  In Andrews v. Washington State Patrol, Division III held that an agency that fails to comply with self‑imposed disclosure deadlines does not violate the PRA if the agency acts diligently to produce the requested records.  The specific records request was complex, seeking audio recordings of third‑party telephone conversations protected by attorney‑client privilege.  In order to preserve confidentiality, the State Patrol developed a method to identify responsive…
 
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    Sunlight Foundation Blog

  • This Thanksgiving, let a little Sunlight in

    Lindsey Jacks
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    We'd love your support this #GivingTuesday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which, for many of us, means spending time with family, watching football and consuming enough turkey to induce a coma. However you will be spending the holiday tomorrow: Happy Thanksgiving, from our Sunlight family to yours. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday season — and the beginning of the holiday shopping season, with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday. If you plan on taking advantage of Cyber Monday savings, shop on AmazonSmile and give back to the Sunlight Foundation at the same time!
  • European Union announces new rules aimed to enhance lobbying disclosure

    Lindsay Ferris
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    EC President Jean-Claude Juncker   Last week, the European Commission revealed new rules that will attempt to make EU lobbying more transparent. Beginning December 1, top-level EU officials will be required to publicly declare their meetings with lobbyists. The announcement comes in the wake of scandal for the EU’s new President, Jean-Claude Juncker. Just days after taking office on November 1, documents were leaked alleging secret tax deals in Luxembourg with big corporations that occurred during Juncker’s term as prime minister of the small Western European country. Though the…
  • New Mexico water commission votes to divert Gila River despite open meetings complaints

    Nancy Watzman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    The Gila River. Photo by Avelino Maestas A New Mexico water commission yesterday decided to go forward with a plan to divert thousands of acre-feet of water from the Gila River, despite complaints by activists that it violated open meetings laws. A former staff director of the commission, Norman Guame, brought a lawsuit charging the violations and in late October New Mexico District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), from moving forward with the plans, as we reported here. However, Ortiz recused himself from the…
  • Being strategic about retiring projects

    Nicko Margolies
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Image via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Close observers of Sunlight's work may have noticed a number of projects listed as retired on the recently revamped tools page. As an organization, we believe in taking stock of our work on a regular basis to sunset programs that are no longer operating as intended, or that are outside the goals we've set for the future. This critical self-evaluation can be a challenging process as each project is backed by passionate Sunlighters and public fans, but we know it is important to keep our work focused on the areas where we're making the most impact and…
  • Help liberate your town's info with the Open Civic Data project!

    Paul Tagliamonte
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    This Thanksgiving holiday, we're asking you to join Sunlight in helping create open data about your local government. Over the last year and a half, we have been working hard to architect and implement new tools and data specifications to work with state and municipal data; ultimately, we want to make it easier for you to better know how your local-level elected officials are creating laws that will affect you in your hometown. This is all part of our new Open Civic Data project. Imagine getting a push notification letting you know when your city council is taking up legislation to improve…
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • NARA Backs Away from CIA Email Destruction Proposal

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    The National Archives and Records Administration told the Central Intelligence Agency last week that it was withholding approval of a CIA proposal to allow the destruction of the email records of all but 22 senior Agency officials. “NARA intends to reassess the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) proposal for the disposition of non-senior email accounts,” wrote Paul M. Wester, Jr., Chief Records Officer at NARA in a November 20 letter to Joseph Lambert, Director of Information Management Services at CIA. “Based on comments from Members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on…
  • DoD Updates Doctrine on “Detainee Operations”

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014. Among other changes, the revised Publication adopts Article 75 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions which provide minimum standards for humane treatment of detained persons. It also presents expanded discussion of biometric capabilities…
  • Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    The government has occasionally invoked the state secrets privilege in a legal proceeding without ever publicly revealing that it had done so, government attorneys disclosed in a pending state secrets case this week. Last September, observers were surprised when the government intervened and asserted the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit brought by Greek businessman Victor Restis against the anti-Iran advocacy organization United Against Nuclear Iran. (“Private Lawsuit Jeopardizes State Secrets, US Says,” Secrecy News, September 14).  When the government…
  • Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy, November 19, 2014 Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations, November 19, 2014 Natural Gas for Cars and Trucks: Options and Challenges, November 19, 2014 State Minimum Wages: An Overview, November 18, 2014 Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Legislative History, Litigation, and Current Issues, November 18, 2014 Internships,…
  • Rep. Moran Urges Presidential Pardon for John Kiriakou

    Steven Aftergood
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Rep. James P. Moran this week called on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who was convicted of disclosing the name of an undercover intelligence officer and who is currently serving a prison sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask for a Presidential pardon for John Kiriakou,” said Rep. Moran (D-VA), who is retiring from Congress, in a statement entered in the Congressional Record. “Mr. Kiriakou is an American hero.” “John Kiriakou is a whistleblower, as well. The…
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  • Proxy liste Australie

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
    L'Australie avait pris du retard dans l'accès à Internet dans les années 2000 mais a depuis rattrapé ...source Les derniers articles publiés sur Proxy Liste de proxy gratuit - Centerblog http://ift.tt/1t19t66
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    12 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    Liste de proxy IP Venezuela pour avoir une nouvelle adresse IP au Venezuela. Mais c'est quoi un serveur ...source Les derniers articles publiés sur Proxy Liste de proxy gratuit - Centerblog http://ift.tt/1wkre1d
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    3 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
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