CQ Article Examines Obama’s Progress on Transparency Promises

July 31, 2009

On July 24, 2009, CQ Weekly published an article by Maura Reynolds that looks at the Obama Administration’s progress on transparency in its first six months in office. The article, “Open Government – or ‘Transparency Theater’?” highlights some of the White House’s positive steps, such as the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government that Obama issued on his first full day in office. Reynolds also looks at some areas where the Administration has not lived up to its promise of greater openness, such as the Administration’s decision to reject requests to release White House visitor logs to the public.

AALL is closely following the Administration’s progress on transparency, and we will continue to work to ensure that President Obama meets his promise to create a more transparent and accountable government.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

Returning to the Blawg

July 30, 2009

The 102nd Annual Meeting has come to a close, but here in D.C. we’re still buzzing with excitement and we hope you are too! This year’s meeting was a great success, thanks in large part to all of you who attended the Day on the Hill, the policy track programs, and our policy committee meetings. The July edition of the Washington E-Bulletin will include some of the highlights from the meeting, so stay tuned for that update.

If you’re new to the Washington Blawg, welcome! The Blawg covers policy issues, news, resources and events of interest to the law library community. You can sign up for RSS feeds or to receive updates via email here.

The best way to receive important updates from the Government Relations Office, connect with other AALL members interested in advocacy, and find out what’s happening on the state level is to sign up for the Advocacy Listserv. We also encourage you to post to the listserv if there are policy developments that affect law libraries in your state. The Government Relations Office is here to help, and we rely on you to keep us informed of policy developments at the state level.

Thanks again to all of you who helped make the 2009 Annual Meeting a success. It was exciting to see many of you here in Washington, D.C. and we look forward to seeing you again next year in Denver, Colorado!

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

OMB Watch Examines Secrecy Control Markings in New Report

July 10, 2009

2008 Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award winner OMB Watch released a new report this week, “Controlled Unclassified Information: Recommendations for Information Control Reform.” In the report, OMB Watch explains terms such as sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information and controlled unclassified information (CUI) and examines the myriad of security markings used to keep unclassified information out of the public’s reach.

AALL supports two bills in the House that would rein in CUI control markings. The first, the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2009 (H.R. 553), would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent over-classification and promote the sharing of unclassified information at the Department of Homeland Security. H.R. 553 passed the House on February 3, 2009. The second bill, the Over-Classification Reduction Act (H.R. 854) would require increased oversight and training to reduce over-classification across the federal government as a whole. It was ordered to be reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of February 4, 2009.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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