The following letter was just sent to the Department of Labor, on behalf of Sunlight and a number of our allies, requesting that the DOL re-post materials online that they removed when they abandoned proposed regulations regarding child labor in agriculture. As the letter says, no major administration decision should be accompanied by related materials' disappearance from public view.
cc: Cass R. Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor Gabriela Lemus, Director, Office of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Labor
The undersigned organizations dedicated
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The White House blog today featured a new post about the "Building Blocks of a 21st Century Digital Government." If these are the building blocks of reinvented government, however, we're on shaky ground.
Most agency CIOs don't know what their agency's major IT holdings are. Really. Decisions determining what data will be released, and how it gets released, are routinely made by individual departments, outside public view, and without review from the federal CIO or CTO, Congress, or the public.
This is a shame, because the
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