[govinfo] GovInfo News 8-31-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:00:31 -0400

Patrice McDermott, Director
202.332.OPEN (6736)
- Justice Examining Gonzales' Honesty
By The Associated Press
August 30, 2007

The Justice Department said Thursday it is investigating whether resigning 
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied or otherwise misled Congress last month 
in sworn testimony about the Bush administration's domestic terrorist spying 
program.     The inquiry, confirmed by Justice Department Inspector General 
Glenn A. Fine, comes three days after Gonzales abruptly announced he was 
stepping down despite months of vowing he would remain on the job.     In a 
letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, who two weeks ago asked for 
the inquiry, Fine said his investigators believe they ''will be able to assess 
most of the issues that you raise in your letter.'' more [AP via NYT}
- What’s in Your Water? The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States 
(PDF; 619 KB)

Just what is in your water? A new report just released by American Rivers shows 
major inconsistencies in how residents from 11 states across the country are 
notified about sewage pollution in their local waterways.     States in report: 
AL, GA, IA, KY, MD, NC, OR, SC, TN, VA, WA  [American Rivers]

Link: Report


- Freedom and Information - Assessing Publicly Available Data Regarding U.S. 
Transportation Infrastructure Security
How much data regarding U.S. anti- and counterterrorism systems, 
countermeasures, and defenses is publicly available and how easily could it be 
found by individuals seeking to harm U.S. domestic interests?      The authors 
recommend that procedures for securing sensitive information be evaluated 
regularly and that information that can be obtained from easily accessible, 
off-site public information sources be included in vulnerability assessments. 
more (RAND; thanks to Amy West on FGI)
Link: Report (File size 0.9 MB, pdf)

- OMB, CIO Council issue enterprise architecture principles
BY Jason Miller
Published on Aug. 27, 2007

The Office of Management and Budget and the CIO Council released today a new 
framework that underpins many of the Bush administration’s core management 
tenets.     The Architecture Principles for the U.S. Government defines what is 
important to the administration, said Karen Evans, OMB’s administrator for 
e-government and information technology.

The principles include (I have interspersed language from Circular A-130 where 
I think the principles delineate a lower standard than A-130):
The federal government focuses on people. That means agencies will design and 
apply their business processes and services to benefit people and present a 
unified face when doing so.
The federal government is a single unified enterprise. That means agencies need 
to work together to reach common goals, including integrating services.
Federal agencies collaborate with other governments and people. That means 
agencies will work more closely with other federal, state and local agencies 
and private-sector experts. “When we come to conclusions about standards and 
what data we use, we will do that in collaborative fashion in all three 
sectors.”(Richard Burk, OMB’s chief architect)/ The nation can benefit from 
government information disseminated both by Federal agencies and by diverse 
nonfederal parties, including State and local government agencies, educational 
and other not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit organizations.
The federal architecture is mission-driven. That means agency enterprise 
architectures are driven by business needs and guide capital planning and 
investment processes.
Security, privacy and protecting information are core government needs. 
Agencies must apply security and privacy consistently and monitor compliance. 
Security controls also must be clearly defined so cost and risk are 
managed./Because the public disclosure of government information is essential 
to the operation of a democracy, the management of Federal information 
resources should protect the public's right of access to government information.
Information is a national asset. Agencies will improve the information-sharing 
environment to disseminate public information. That requires departments to be 
the authoritative source of information/  Government information is a valuable 
national resource. It provides the public with knowledge of the government, 
society, and economy -- past, present, and future. It is a means to ensure the 
accountability of government, to manage the government's operations, to 
maintain the healthy performance of the economy, and is itself a commodity in 
the marketplace.      more
Link: Principles

- CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com: Votes and Whips
By Paul Jenks
Published on August 27, 2007

The real business in Congress all revolves around voting. While this is quite 
obvious, since it is a legislative body of members who vote the interests of 
their constituents, voting however sometimes gets lost in the glamour of 
hearings and legislative minutiae.  Except of course, when the vote is close. 

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