[govinfo] GovInfo & E-Gov News 6-11-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "e-gov@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <e-gov@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 11:45:43 -0400

- Navy Wants to Cut Out "Excessive" Web Sites
- FEC maps show you the campaign money
- Proponents of better federal contracting decry lack of reliable contracting 
data
- Feds, industry expand digital partnerships - But experts say their allure 
should not blind agencies to potential problems

Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
www.openthegovernment.org
202.332.OPEN (6736)
- NAVY WANTS TO CUT OUT "EXCESSIVE" WEB SITES
By Bob Brewin
June 11, 2007

A message sent out a message June 7 said the embrace of Web sites throughout 
the service has resulted in an "excessive number of publicly accessible and an 
undetermined number of access restricted" Web sites and directed Vice Admiral 
Mark Edwards, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Communications Networks and 
the Naval Network Warfare Command, to develop a strategy to consolidate the 
sites. more [Gov Exec]

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- FEC MAPS SHOW YOU THE CAMPAIGN MONEY
BY Ben Bain
Published on June 8, 2007

The application, scheduled to debut June 12 on the FEC Web site, will enable 
users to view donations by geographic area. The interface will let users narrow 
down their geographical search to three digits of a ZIP code and will feature a 
database with the names of the companies contributors work for and the dates of 
their donations.      "FEC.gov has never been one of the easiest sites to 
navigate, and whatever the commission can do to make the raw information more 
accessible to the public is something that we welcome," said Massie Ritsch, 
communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics. The center runs 
Opensecrets.org, which also tracks campaign financing.     The data is still 
"raw and needs some context, and that's the role that watchdogs and Web sites 
like Opensecrets.org play," Ritsch added. more [FCW]

Links: opensecrets.org
       FEC

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- PROPONENTS OF BETTER FEDERAL CONTRACTING DECRY LACK OF RELIABLE CONTRACTING 
DATA
BY Matthew Weigelt
Published on June 11, 2007

Unreliable data about federal contracting hampers efforts to make it more 
competitive, according to the latest memo from Paul Denett, administrator of 
the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who has issued a series of memos to 
confront the problem.    In the most recent memo, Denett asked the General 
Services Administration to develop a new series of standard database reports on 
contract actions documented in GSA's Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS).   
FPDS collects data on various types of contract actions, such as new contracts, 
task and delivery orders, and contract modifications. more [FCW]

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- FEDS, INDUSTRY EXPAND DIGITAL PARTNERSHIPS - BUT EXPERTS SAY THEIR ALLURE 
SHOULD NOT BLIND AGENCIES TO POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
BY Ben Bain
Published on June 11, 2007

Faced with an ever-growing mound of data, government agencies are beginning to 
look to companies for help in expanding online access to nonclassified 
documents. And although it means more information would be searchable online, 
open-government advocates worry about the legal implications. more

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