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S1 Implementation in the Senate Finance Committee

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Over the last few days, there’s been a good deal of talk about the ethics requirements going into effect for Senate Committees.  Later today, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to reconcile the rules of their committee with the requirements of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, often referred informally as “the ethics reform [...]

Tags: CLA · House of Representatives · Open Senate Project · OpenHouse · committees · government websites · transcripts

Encouraging Access to Committees

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

To encourage Congress to grant access to committee hearings, we’ve prepared this letter.
I’m hoping that we can demonstrate some enthusiasm for what happens in committee hearings, since they’re so essential to the legislative process, literally determining the content of our laws and the extent of Congress’s oversight. To that end, I’ve also prepared a brief [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · committees · transcripts

OHP Update

November 15th, 2007 · No Comments

(pasted in from the google group, which has been especially active…)
After returning earlier this week from a trip to London to meet with mysociety.org, I’m starting to catch up on everything we’ve been up to.
Whips and Structured Data: For one, I’ve reached out to leadership on both sides to hopefully start a discussion about [...]

Tags: Congress · Member Web Sites · OpenHouse · archivist · committees · government websites · govtrack

Reform Taxonomy?

November 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Josh’s recent post, and general attentiveness to newly introduced legislation, has me thinking about the different kinds of reform that might result in increased transparency.
It seems to me that it’s worth looking into how a lot of transparency reform and process reform tend to be favored perenially by the political minority. Any transparency reform [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · appropriations · committees

Committee Votes: That’s The Deal

October 21st, 2007 · No Comments

I happened to check on the list of cosponsors to H. Res. 231: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require all committees post record votes on their web sites within 48 hours of such votes — the number is growing. It now has 131 cosponsors, with 27 added in the last two [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · committees

Committee Votes: What’s the deal?

October 20th, 2007 · No Comments

For a few years now I’ve wanted to look into integrating committee actions into GovTrack. Along with full roll call votes, it would be nice to be able to see how committee members voted in committee on various issues. Finally I took a look at a report PDF from the House Armed Services committee on [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · committees · government websites

Benefits of Structured Data (Staffers, check this out)

September 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We came across Rep. Tom Reynolds’ (NY-26) google map of his earmarks a little while ago, and it appears that someone really went above and beyond in showing info about the district. Frankly, I’m completely unfamiliar with the issues or politics of this district, and I don’t even know if this is a comprehensive [...]

Tags: House of Representatives · Member Web Sites · OpenHouse · committees · government websites · tom reynolds

Speech or Debate Clause II: Staff Confidently Engaging

September 22nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

A few days ago, I wrote a post about the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution.
My basic point was that members of Congress have certain privileges granted by the Constitution, giving them freedom from legal action relating to their legislative duties. Congress members aren’t above the law, so only legislative acts qualify as [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · committees · government websites · legal research · speech or debate

Carl Malamud Video

September 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Here’s a great video of Carl Malamud speaking at a Google Talk about freeing government information through his unique combination of technological acumen and activist ambush:

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · SEC · committees · congressional video · government websites

Two House Tech Updates

September 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Two interesting uses of technology from prominent House members, a republican and a democrat.
First, Minority Leader John Boehner has a twitter badge up on his Republican Leader website. This allows him to post status updates on his whereabouts to a very specific degree. While it appears to only have been updated once [...]

Tags: Member Web Sites · OpenHouse · askgeorge · committees · government websites · twitter