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“Transparency Made Easy” 6/22/2010 Briefing Resources

June 18th, 2010 by Daniel Schuman · No Comments

On Tuesday, June 22, the Advisory Committee on Transparency will host a briefing entitled “Transparency Made Easy: How to Make the Government More Open and Accountable.”  Panelists Scott Amey of POGO, Harlan Yu of the Center for Information Technology at Princeton, and Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation will speak on contractor performance oversight, access to federal court records, and online access to congressional ethics information. Video of the presentations will be made available online.

In advance of that meeting, here are links to useful resources on these topics.

Contractor Performance Oversight

  • “New Gov’t Contractor Integrity Database Will Be Off-Limits to Public,” Claritza Jimenez, Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, April 5, 2010 (link)
  • “Bipartisan Coalition Urges Congress to Preserve Provision to Make FAPIIS Public,” Project on Government Oversight, June 11, 2010 (link)
  • POGO letter to President Obama regarding FAPIIS and DOD Revolving Door Database, January 29, 2009 (link PDF)
  • POGO’s “Federal Contractor Misconduct Database” (link)
  • Screen shots of FAPIIS database (from CCR via POGO) (PDF link)
  • Public Law 110-417, Sec 872 that establishes FAPIIS (PDF link)
  • Final Rule adopted by DOD, GSA, and NASA regarding the Federal Acquisition Regulation to Implement FAPIIS (PDF link)

Access to Federal Court Records (PACER)

  • One pager description of “The Problem with PACER,” Princeton University, June 15, 2010 (link PDF)
  • “What Does It Cost to Provide Electronic Public Access to Court Records,” Stephen Schultze, May 29, 2010 (link)
  • “Electronic Public Access Fees and the United States Federal Courts’ Budget: An Overview,” September 4, 2009, Working Paper (link)
  • PACER webpage (link)
  • RECAP webpage (link)

Online Access to Congressional Ethics Information

  • “Congress Should Make All Ethics Documents Available Online,” Daniel Schuman, 1/11/2010 (link)
  • ”What Happens When Representatives Look for New Jobs,” Daniel Schuman, 6/14/2010 (link)
  • “Investment Disclosure Rules for Congress are Permissive, Confusing,” Washington Post, June 14, 2010 (link)
  • “Help Dan to Never Scan Again,” Open Secrets Blog, 6/16/2010 (link)
  • List of Documents stored by the House Clerk’s Office (link)
  • List of Documents stored by the Senate Office of Public Records (link)

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