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29 Jun 2011, 4:00 am by Jerry Sisk
With the clock ticking closer to July 1st we can only expect at this point a government shutdown. Unfortunately for the injured worker this may mean a disruption in their workers compensation benefits. Without government services through the Department of Labor and Industry and Office of Administrative Hearings injured workers will not be able to have discontinuance conferences, medical conferences or hearings heard before a Compensation Judge or Mediator. Often times these types of… [read post]
17 Mar 2011, 11:34 am by David Ferriero
This week, public interest groups, media organizations, government agencies, and citizens celebrate Sunshine Week and the Annual Freedom of Information Day. As part of Sunshine Week the White House has launched a new “Good Government” portal as a resource for citizens. At public events and congressional hearings this week, leadership of the National Archives — including myself — are participating in the dialogue around open government and freedom of information. At the National Archives,… [read post]
29 Feb 2012, 7:23 am by Jim Harper
Paying close attention to language can reveal what’s going on in the world around you. Note the simple but important differences between the phrases “open government” and “open government data.” In the former, the adjective “open” modifies the noun “government.” Hearing the phrase, one would rightly expect a government that’s more open. In the latter, “open” and “government” modify the noun “data.” One would expect the data to be open, but the question whether the… [read post]
15 Apr 2012, 10:46 am by legalinformatics
Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack has published Open Government Data: The Book (Civic Impulse LLC, 2012). The book is available in a free Web version, as a for-fee Kindle ebook, and as a for-fee print book from Lulu. Here is the abstract: This book is about the principles behind the open government data movement and its development in the United States. The movement is framed as the application of Big Data to civics, where Big Data is not just the size of data but the ability for data to change the… [read post]
25 Oct 2011, 9:40 am by David Ferriero
Today I am writing in from Toledo, Spain. I am pleased to be attending the 2011 Conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA). This morning I spoke on a panel with the National Archivist of Belgium, Karel Velle, and Director-General Arquivo Nacional Brazil, Jaime Antunes da Silva, for the ICA’s first plenary meeting on Open Government. One of the contributions of the National Archives to the Administration’s National Action Plan for Open Government is to explore hosting a meeting of… [read post]
20 Sep 2011, 2:23 pm by George Ticoras
The Office of Government Ethics (O.G.E.) has issued proposed lobbyist gift ban rules, which would apply to all executive branch employees. Most of the proposed rules deal with limiting, for lobbyists, the exceptions of the ban on gifts. For example, executive branch employees would not be permitted to accept invitations extended by lobbyists for free attendance at widely attended gatherings that would normally fall under the gift ban exception. Non-profit professional associations, scientific… [read post]
20 Sep 2011, 7:20 am by Jim Harper
The White House’s release of its “Open Government Action Plan” today is timely. I’ll be rolling out the product of several months’ work on government transparency Friday at a Cato Institute event called “Publication Practices for Transparent Government: Rating the Congress.” The paper we’ll release commences as follows: Government transparency is a widely agreed upon goal, but progress on achieving it has been very limited. Transparency promises from political leaders such as… [read post]
11 Oct 2010, 10:05 am by Douglas Reiser
New Orleans hosts Green Legal Matters this week This week, I will be headed back to New Orleans (where I once attended law school) for the Green Legal Matters Conference. GLM is a 3 day conference promoting interaction and discussion among city leaders and green building professionals. The Conference spans from October 13-15, 2010 at the Westin Hotel. Thanks to an invitation from Green Building Law Update’s Chris Cheatham, I will be speaking at GLM on Thursday. Chris and I will be presenting as… [read post]
9 Mar 2012, 10:36 am by Joe May
The Obama administration has unveiled, the site that provides sets of data for those interested in White House visitors, data from Lobbying Disclosure Act reports, campaign finance data, travel records of elected officials, and much more. As part of the larger, the new site has a great deal of muscle: “ brings records and data from across the federal government to one central location, making it easier for citizens to hold public officials… [read post]
27 May 2013, 1:29 pm by legalinformatics
Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack has posted Open Government Data Maturity Model as part of his book, Open Government Data. Here is the description of the model: We live in a resource-constrained world where it is important to consider not just what we want, i.e. the principles of open government data, but also what we are willing to give up to get it. This chart provides a road map for deciding between the many aspects of open government data. [...] The model is expressed in an expandable interactive… [read post]
9 Jan 2013, 9:28 pm by legalinformatics
Today the U.S. Government Printing Office has begun making U.S. House of Representatives’ legislative bills available for bulk download in XML, at Currently, only bills from the current Congress are included. The user guide provides more details about the data. Click here for the GPO press release. Click here for the Speaker’s office press release. Release of the bills in bulk XML is a key goal of the #freeTHOMAS movement and a longstanding goal of… [read post]
17 Apr 2011, 5:45 am by thejaghunter
Pastor Lee Gliddon Conservative Patriot From Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs this: High Treason: Obama and Holder Drop Indictments Against Muslim Brotherhood-Tied Group CAIR et al at DOJ (link) Click on Robert Hefner’s illustration for more… [read post]
1 Mar 2012, 6:16 am by George Ticoras
In the spring of 2011, a draft presidential executive order was leaked to the public. The order would require every entity submitting offers for federal contracts to disclose certain political contributions and expenditures made within the two years prior to submission of their offer. The disclosure requirement included contributions made to federal candidates, parties, and committees by the bidding entity, its officers, and any affiliates or subsidiaries within its control. Contributions made to… [read post]
16 Nov 2010, 6:00 am by Cicely Wilson
Last week, Tim and I had the chance to attend a panel discussion at Stanford titled, “The Open Government Initiative and the Promise of a Transparent Government.” The panel reviewed various U.S. and international initiatives designed to get citizens more engaged with their government via transparency, collaboration and participation. Of particular interest to us, given Justia’s focus on, was listening to the panelists share their thoughts on the challenges faced by groups both in and… [read post]
29 Oct 2010, 1:58 pm by Kelly
The IRS has announced that they are seeking applicants for the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The ACT is an organized public forum for discussion of issues between officials of the IRS and representatives of exempt organizations and related communities. Individuals, organizations, and groups affiliated with employee plans, exempt organizations, tax exempt bonds, and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments, are encouraged to nominate… [read post]
2 Mar 2012, 8:33 pm by legalinformatics
Harlan Yu of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), and David G. Robinson of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School have posted The New Ambiguity of ‘Open Government’, at SSRN. Here is the abstract: “Open government” used to carry a hard political edge: it referred to politically sensitive disclosures of government information. The phrase was first used in the 1950s, in the debates leading up to passage of the Freedom of Information Act. But… [read post]
7 Jul 2011, 7:27 am by David Kempston
On July 5, 2011 I was interviewed by the National Public Radio about the effect of the Minnesota government shutdown on claimants in the workers’ compensation system. After reflecting on that interview, I decided to summarize some of the effects. To begin with, although the Minnesota judicial system remains open, both the Department of Labor and Industry and the Office of Administrative Hearings were deemed non-essential. As such, both were shut down. That means that until the… [read post]
19 Jan 2010, 8:39 pm by legalinformatics
[NOTE: Updated on 23 January 2010 to link to the Google Wave for this workshop, to what appear to be all tweets from the workshop, and to my tweets from the workshop.] A panel (scroll down) about the legal open government data project, will be held 22 January 2010, at the workshop entitled Open Government: Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency, at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Click here to submit questions… [read post]
27 Jan 2010, 3:09 pm by legalinformatics
Videos are now available for all of the workshop panels and the panel from Open Government: Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency (POGW), a workshop held 21-22 January 2010 at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Click here for a summary of the legal-information-related discussion at the workshop. Posted in Applications, Articles and papers, Conference papers, Conference proceedings, Technology developments, Technology tools Tagged: AustLII,… [read post]
5 Mar 2011, 3:31 pm by Sarah Ferguson
Image:  pic.jpg Most days I’m confident I’ve made the right decision to go to law school and devote my career to public service. Most days. There are other days when I find the prospect of my future career on the public path downright scary.  On those days it’s nice to know there are women out there who have made the less obvious choice to “go public” and have succeeded. Once I start talking to women (and men) I know in the… [read post]