[govinfo] Fw: RE: More Recommendations on the Open Govt Dialogue site

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, fen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 14:21:17 -0400


From: Meredith Fuchs [mailto:mfuchs@xxxxxxx]
To: 'Patrice McDermott' [mailto:pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx], 
Sent: Thu, 28 May 2009 14:06:08 -0400
Subject: RE: [FOI-L] More Recommendations on the Open Govt Dialogue site


One more idea I would like to draw people  to: Transparency for and  public 
involvement in classification and Controlled Unclassified Information  reviews 


Meredith Fuchs    

General Counsel    

National Security Archive        

-----Original Message-----
  From: State and Local Freedom of  Information Issues 
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  Sent: Thursday, May   28, 2009 1:26 PM
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  Subject: [FOI-L] More  Recommendations on the Open Govt Dialogue site    


Added since the note  below:    


open letter on  federal whistleblower protections here: 


Revise OPM Report to Direct Changes  in Personnel Policies for FOIA 
Professionals    http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3401-4049    

  As far as we  know, the site (or at least the voting) closes sometime today.  


Patrice McDermott 


From: Patrice  McDermott [mailto:pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
  Sent: Wednesday, May   27, 2009 5:10 PM
  To: 'FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'; FEN;  'govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
  Subject: Recommendations on the  Open Govt Dialogue site            


A variety of  recommendations to make the federal executive branch more open 
and accountable  have been posted on the Open  Government Dialogue site.  The 
voting (and addition of ideas) is planned to end  tomorrow (28 May).    


Below are the  recommendations that are the results of collaborative efforts of 
public access  advocates over the last couple of years.    


We are not entirely  sure how the votes from this initial process will be used 
in the next phase (discussion) that begins next  Wednesday, but your vote might 
make a difference.    


Please excuse  duplicate postings.    




Patrice McDermott,  Director     

  202.332.OPEN (6736)     


From the National Security Archive    


Government-wide  Leadership, Implementation, and Enforcement on Transparency    


Require Agencies to  Affirmatively Disclose Information to the Public, as 
Mandated by E-FOIA     


Identify Disclosure  Priorities Using FOIA Trends     


Implement  E-FOIA’s Public Index Requirement to Start Making Sense of the  
Government’s Information Holdings     


Use the Federal Record  Act (and the Budget Process) to Implement Effective 
Record Retention Policies     



From the 21st Century Right to Know Report    

National Security  Transparency (9)    

Revise  Procedures for Designating Classified Information     

Agencies  Should Review Classification Practices     

Replace  the CUI Memorandum     

Announce  State Secrets Policy     

Prevent  Future Abuses of State Secrets Privilege     

Reform  State Fusion Centers     

Improve  Oversight of Intelligence and National Security Activity     

Restore  and Strengthen the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board     

Prohibit  Secret Laws, Regulations, Processes     

 Usability of Information (20)    

Improve  upon the existing e-rulemaking initiative     

Syndicate  government information     

A  Historical Records Act Should Be Introduced     

Agencies  should create websites that use open source software and distribute 
data in  open formats that are accessible to all sea     

Review  Metadata Standards     

Centralized  Digital System for FOIA Requests     

Agencies  should minimize use of copyright claims on gov't sponsored materials  

Presidential  Task Force on Implementation of Electronic Records Management     

Revise  rules to ensure access to original and digital records in 
non-proprietary  formats.     

Preservation  of electronic records and converted records     

No  Agency Business to be Conducted on Non-Agency Email     

Authentication  of government documents     

Scientific  Freedom & Agency Media Policies     

Scientific  Review and Comment on Government Products     

Agency  employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their  

Ensure  Disclosure of Past Intelligence Activities     

Scientists  should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs 
before  responding to a media request     

Agency  communications policies should also inform employees of their rights 
under the  Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd     

Official  agency communications policy should be publicly available on the 
agency's  website     

Ensure  that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are 
implemented in  a comprehensive manner.     

Government  Environment for Transparency (12)    

Affirmative  Obligation to Disclose     

Provide  Adequate Funding and Resources for FOIA offices and E-Government  

Direct  the OMB to identify the public’s transparency rights and require 
agencies  to post these rights in government offices     

Provide  Incentives to Promote Disclosure     

New  Directives to Protect Whisleblowers from Punishment     

Create  an Office of Transparency     

Establish  A Transparency Officer at Each Agency     

Create  Institutions to Evaluate Agency Transparency     

Make  documents produced by government contractors in their role as gov't 
surrogates  subject to FOIA     

Establish  Training on Transparency Requirements     

Encourage  Legislation to Enforce Transparency     

Use  existing library networks to implement increased transparency and 
promotion of  greater use of information     


From Recommendations on E-Records Management Developed  by 
OpenTheGovernment.org and Others    


Ensure cost of records  mgmt is built into agency technology purchases     


Convene techology  companies     


CIO/CTO panel to  establish baseline & set benchmarks     


CIO/CTO responsibility  for records management                 

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