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Entries from October 2008

Required Reports: A Proposal for an Aggregated View

October 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Many acts of Congress are passed with a reporting requirement.  Throughout the US Code are various requirements that agencies submit reports to Congress.  This is a good thing, since strong congressional oversight can create constructive incentives within agencies (and, by extension, the entities those agencies regulate).
Here’s the problem: agencies often ignore these reporting requirements entirely, [...]

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Open House Project Retrospective

October 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We’ve come a long way since I wrote the following in the project’s first press release:
“Since the value of our recommendations increases along with the expertise of those contributing to our project, we’re looking to the greater community to help identify attainable reforms,” said John Wonderlich, who is organizing the project with Matt Stoller. “By [...]

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THOMAS Publishes Permanent Links (Another Recommendation Realized)

October 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Fulfilling one of the recommendations of the Open House Project report, The Library of Congress has published on their THOMAS web page directions for creating permanent links.
From our report:

We also recommend that:
THOMAS provide permanent links to all documents, in an obvious way, to enable Web researchers to directly refer to these [...]

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I’ll be at Free Culture 2008

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

This weekend I’ll be at the Free Culture Conference 2008 on the Berkeley campus. Anyone out in that area want to meet up?

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Franking Reform: A Happy Ending

October 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Yesterday, after months of negotiations and proposals, the House joined the Senate in updating the arcane guidelines that govern how Members of Congress use the Internet.
In May of 2007, the Sunlight Foundation released the Open House Project report, which included an entire chapter on the issue of Franking Reform.  That chapter, prepared by David All [...]

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Watch the revisions to the bail-out bill

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Following John’s note on an OHP mail list email, I adapted the bill comparison tool I developed for GovTrack and used it to analyze the changes made between the draft PDFs that have been circulating of the economic bail-out bill that is now a large package of legislation. I found five drafts, going back to [...]

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New Bailout Bill in Senate

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Cross posted from the Sunlight Blog. Please see this post for faster updates, so I don’t have to update both posts each time.
It looks like the Senate is moving forward today with a new bailout bill, which is available through the Senate Banking committee site.
I’ll update shortly with a link to a mirrored copy, [...]

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