Exchanging open data strategies with civil society groups in Nepal

This post was originally published on this site Photos by Louisa Dennison Kathmandu, Nepal’s open data ecosystem is a growing space, where I.T. professionals and advocates come together to support Nepal’s governments at all levels and work toward social impact. The Sunlight Foundation was invited by Development Initiatives and The Asia Foundation to provide a … Read moreExchanging open data strategies with civil society groups in Nepal

Today in OpenGov: The Untouchables?

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, nepotism at the DEA, a feeling of impunity in the White House, continued protests in Hong Kong, and more.  washington watch Image via Pixabay. Wall Street is starting to pick its favorites from the 2020 Democratic presidential field. “The behind-the-scenes competition for Wall Street money … Read moreToday in OpenGov: The Untouchables?

Today in OpenGov: Shell games.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, website changes are foreshadowing policy changes at the federal level, President Trump’s campaign plays shell games, two states launch new transparency portals, and more.  washington watch Image via Sunlight Foundation. Changes on the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s website appear to have foreshadowed shifts in federal … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Shell games.

Today in OpenGov: Dirty deeds.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, President Trump feels pretty comfortable admitting that he would break the law given the chance, the Department of Justice’s CIO will also be its Chief Data Officer, protests continue to reverberate around Hong Kong, and more.  trumpland President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Dirty deeds.

Office of Refugee Resettlement Website Alterations Foreshadowed Changes in Policies Toward Unaccompanied Children

This post was originally published on this site Changes made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website before May 23, 2019, foreshadowed policy changes relating to unaccompanied migrant children that were not communicated, even to ORR grantees, until May 30, 2019. ORR, an office within the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), a part … Read moreOffice of Refugee Resettlement Website Alterations Foreshadowed Changes in Policies Toward Unaccompanied Children

Today in OpenGov: ICEd Out

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, a proposed merger might create a defense industry influence juggernaut, ICE’s move to delete old speeches shines a light on lacking federal archiving practices, New Jersey shines a exposes its dark money, and more.  washington watch A proposed merger between defense giants Raytheon and United … Read moreToday in OpenGov: ICEd Out

Today in OpenGov: You better watch out.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, Elaine Chao helped guide nearly $80 million in federal grant money to Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky, federal watchdogs prepare to track their own job openings, protests rage on in Hong Kong, and more.  washington watch Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell with President George W. Bush and … Read moreToday in OpenGov: You better watch out.

Removal of ICE Speeches Collection Demonstrates Weaknesses in Federal Agencies’ Archiving Practices

This post was originally published on this site An Internet Archive Wayback Machine capture of the “Speeches and Testimonies” page from late in the evening of January 19, 2017.  In the dying minutes of the Obama administration’s final term, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed from its website a collection of almost 200 speeches and … Read moreRemoval of ICE Speeches Collection Demonstrates Weaknesses in Federal Agencies’ Archiving Practices

Today in OpenGov: Addition by addition.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, the Honest Ads Act continues to add bipartisan support, a new report sheds light on the lack of transparency in these New York towns, when the president swings by revenue at Trump properties goes up, and more.  washington watch Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Addition by addition.

Today in OpenGov: Make it a dozen.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, unsurprising conclusions in a new report from the FEC watchdog, a dubious milestone for President Trump, censoring memories in China, and more.  washington watch The lobbyists are coming.  In new report, the FEC IG sheds light on how disfunction at the commission has hobbled its … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Make it a dozen.

Today in OpenGov: Evasive maneuvers.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, a chance to comment on the federal government’s new data strategy action plan, an opportunity to lead California’s new government innovation office, a directive aimed at keeping two former Trump administration employees from handing over documents, and much more.  National Screenshot via strategy.data.gov OMB released … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Evasive maneuvers.

USCIS Removed Asylum Training Documents from Website at Direction of Top Brass

This post was originally published on this site A FOIA response provides an unusual look at the removal of a series of asylum officer training documents, and a top official’s insistence that they not be archived. In May of 2018, the Web Integrity Project wrote about the removal of a series of training materials — … Read moreUSCIS Removed Asylum Training Documents from Website at Direction of Top Brass

Today in OpenGov: Old habits die hard.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, gridlock continues to reign at the FEC, San Francisco sheds some sunlight on its own police department, President Trump’s assault on the rule of law, and more.  washington watch Image via the Center for Public Integrity. The FEC deadlocked on yet another complaint, leaving intact … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Old habits die hard.

Today in OpenGov: Just Chaoing around.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, the Transportation Secretary’s business ties with China, the Texas legislature moves a handful of transparency bills, 2020 Democratic hopefuls hit up their rich friends for cash, and more.  trumpland Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell with President George W. Bush and Laura Bush while Chao was … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Just Chaoing around.

This Week in Conflicts: Mueller Speaks, the Latest of Trump’s Financial Records and a New Loan for Kushner Cos.

This post was originally published on this site Screenshot of the Mueller report from the Washington Post’s website. (April 19, 2019) This week, Robert Mueller announces his resignation after finishing the Russia investigation, the latest in the fight for access to President Donald Trump’s financial records and Kushner Companies receives a new loan backed by … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Mueller Speaks, the Latest of Trump’s Financial Records and a New Loan for Kushner Cos.

Today in OpenGov: Failure to relate.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, new information emerges about the motives behind the Trump administration’s Census citizenship question, governments are increasingly moving to block the Internet during emergencies, an unlikely pair appear to find common grown on revolving door reform, and more.   trumpland Image via Mother Jones. New documents show a … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Failure to relate.

Today in OpenGov: An opportunity for rebuttal.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, fundraising pressure pushes another member of Congress out of Washington, a feature on state FOIA, foreshadowing in Trump administration website changes, and more.   washington watch Image via Pixabay.  Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) cited incessant fundraising demands as part of his decision to not pursue a … Read moreToday in OpenGov: An opportunity for rebuttal.

Changes to HHS civil rights website appeared to foreshadow Trump administration’s rollback of transgender protections

This post was originally published on this site Kelli Garcia of the National Women’s Law Center, the group that initially identified the website changes related to Section 1557 on the HHS Office for Civil Rights website, speaks at a rally in support of trans health in front of the White House the week after the … Read moreChanges to HHS civil rights website appeared to foreshadow Trump administration’s rollback of transgender protections

Today in OpenGov: A broken model?

This post was originally published on this siteEditor’s note: We’re back from our educational hiatus with a slightly different format than usual as we catch up on a long Memorial Day weekend’s worth of headlines.  In today’s edition, Elaine Chao fails to divest, the GAO eyes some savings, cracks appear in one of Africa’s model … Read moreToday in OpenGov: A broken model?

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Misinformation and Disinformation

This post was originally published on this site An example of disinformation about the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center, a joint US-Georgian health facility, from Sputnik, a Russian media outlet. Giorgi Revishvili discusses the issues of misinformation and disinformation. Revishvili is a fellow at the Sunlight Foundation participating in the Professional Fellows Program, which … Read moreTwo Sides of the Same Coin: Misinformation and Disinformation

WIP leadership briefs congressional staff on Trump administration’s web censorship of Affordable Care Act

This post was originally published on this site Free Public Domain Illustrations by rawpixel Flickr via Compfightcc Leaders of the Web Integrity Project (WIP) met with congressional staff on Friday, May 17, to provide a briefing on our latest report entitled “Erasing the Affordable Care Act: Using Government Web Censorship to Undermine the Law,” and … Read moreWIP leadership briefs congressional staff on Trump administration’s web censorship of Affordable Care Act

This Week in Conflicts: Trump’s Latest Financial Disclosure Statement Released, NYC Mayor Threatens to Fine Trump Org. and Occupancy Rates at Trump Tower

This post was originally published on this site President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. (Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks) This week, President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure statement was released, New York City’s mayor is threatening to … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Trump’s Latest Financial Disclosure Statement Released, NYC Mayor Threatens to Fine Trump Org. and Occupancy Rates at Trump Tower

HHS removed 85-page website with materials about the Affordable Care Act

This post was originally published on this siteBeginning in early 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama administration began compiling materials about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — then still years away from full implementation — on a section of its website headlined “Facts and Features.” The earliest examples highlighted … Read moreHHS removed 85-page website with materials about the Affordable Care Act

New report analyzes how the administration is undermining the Affordable Care Act using web censorship

This post was originally published on this siteThe federal government considers public federal agency websites to be the primary way the public learns about government functions, benefits, and rules. Agencies are thus expected to maintain their websites to provide the public with accurate, objective, and non-partisan information about their programs, such as the Affordable Care … Read moreNew report analyzes how the administration is undermining the Affordable Care Act using web censorship

Today in OpenGov: Where’s your press pass?

This post was originally published on this siteEditor’s note: Today in OpenGov will be taking another brief hiatus for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be back after Memorial Day with all the latest news. On that note, today marks your last chance to take our reader survey. Your feedback will help us continue to … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Where’s your press pass?

This Week in Conflicts: Billion Dollar Loss for Trump’s Businesses, More Subpoenas and House Committee Holds Barr in Contempt

This post was originally published on this site Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore) This week, the public receives the clearest picture yet of President Donald Trump’s finances and it shows huge losses, the House Judiciary Committee votes … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Billion Dollar Loss for Trump’s Businesses, More Subpoenas and House Committee Holds Barr in Contempt

Today in OpenGov: Honesty. It’s the best policy.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, the bipartisan Honest Ads Act is reintroduced, prescription drug ads will soon have to include price information, free speech remains under threat in Myanmar, and more.  We’ll be wrapping up our reader survey at the end of the week. If you haven’t taken a moment to fill … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Honesty. It’s the best policy.

Today in OpenGov: Bid pro quo.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, 2020 Democrats try to stick to their pledges against lobbyist money, the D.C. government tries to sneak some troubling FOIA provisions into law, President Trump tries to rebuff House requests for information, and more.  You’ve only got three more days to take our reader survey … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Bid pro quo.

Today in OpenGov: Down a dark path.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, Democrats rely on dark money even as they push to get rid of it, the Treasury Department declines to share President Trump’s tax returns, two reporters are released in Myanmar, and more.  Don’t forget to take our reader survey if you haven’t yet!  washington watch   Democrats … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Down a dark path.

This Week in Conflicts: Trump Files Lawsuit to Stop Release of Financial Documents, New Emolument Concerns and Taxpayers Cover Cost of Alcohol Bill at Mar-a-Lago

This post was originally published on this site Donald Trump stands in Trump Tower after signing the loyalty pledge to the Republican Party. (Image Credit: Michael Vadon) This week, President Donald Trump and his company filed a lawsuit to stop the release of financial documents, news about foreign governments renting space in Trump World Tower … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Trump Files Lawsuit to Stop Release of Financial Documents, New Emolument Concerns and Taxpayers Cover Cost of Alcohol Bill at Mar-a-Lago

Tackling inequities with transparency & community

This post was originally published on this siteIn these times of growing economic and political inequality, cities are often on the frontlines of dealing with the consequences of inequity. Issues such as housing affordability, health disparities, and economic exclusion have forced cities to become increasingly concerned with how they they are using their limited resources … Read moreTackling inequities with transparency & community

HHS Office for Civil Rights overhauled its mission and vision statements on its website

This post was originally published on this site A side-by-side comparison of a portion of the March 6, 2019 and April 30, 2019 versions of OCR’s “OCR Leadership” page, as captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. This change occurred between April 24, 2019 and April 30, 2019, according to WIP’s website monitoring software. At … Read moreHHS Office for Civil Rights overhauled its mission and vision statements on its website

This Week in Conflicts: The Aftermath of the Mueller Report, White House Fights a Subpoena and an Investigation into Six of Trump’s Appointees

This post was originally published on this site Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead) This week, the aftermath of the Mueller report, the White House is fighting a subpoena from Congress and an investigation into six of President Donald Trump’s appointees. President Donald … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: The Aftermath of the Mueller Report, White House Fights a Subpoena and an Investigation into Six of Trump’s Appointees

This Week in Conflicts: Redacted Mueller Report Released, Undisclosed Cash Flow from Inaugural Ball and Mueller Explains Why His Family Left Trump’s Golf Club

This post was originally published on this site Screenshot of the Mueller report from the Washington Post’s website. (April 19, 2019) This week, the report from special counsel Robert Mueller was released with redactions, the Palm Beach Post cannot find financial records for one of President Donald Trump’s inaugural balls, and Mueller explains why his … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Redacted Mueller Report Released, Undisclosed Cash Flow from Inaugural Ball and Mueller Explains Why His Family Left Trump’s Golf Club

Today in OpenGov: All bundled up.

This post was originally published on this siteEditor’s note: Before you jump into today’s news, we have a quick favor to ask. We appreciate you, our dedicated readers, and want to ensure that Today in OpenGov is serving your needs and interests. We are undertaking a semi-regular review of our newsletter’s content and practices and would love to … Read moreToday in OpenGov: All bundled up.

This Week in Conflicts: Wait Continues for Trump’s Taxes and Department of Defense is Spending Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars at Trump-branded Properties

This post was originally published on this site President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, Air Combat Command vice commander, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. (Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: Wait Continues for Trump’s Taxes and Department of Defense is Spending Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars at Trump-branded Properties

Today in OpenGov: A quick refresher.

This post was originally published on this siteEditor’s note: Before you jump into today’s news, we have a quick favor to ask. We appreciate you, our dedicated readers, and want to ensure that Today in OpenGov is serving your needs and interests. We are undertaking a semi-regular review of our newsletter’s content and practices and would love to … Read moreToday in OpenGov: A quick refresher.

Today in OpenGov: Failing upwards?

This post was originally published on this siteEditor’s note: Before you jump into today’s news, we have a quick favor to ask. We appreciate you, our dedicated readers, and want to ensure that Today in OpenGov is serving your needs and interests. We are undertaking a semi-regular review of our newsletter’s content and practices and would … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Failing upwards?

Today in OpenGov: Falling behind.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, Baltimore’s entire city council encourages their embattled mayor to resign, organized labor looks to maintain its political clout during the 2020 election cycle, President Trump’s “acting” subordinates skirt senate scrutiny, and more.  states and cities An LAPD cruiser. Image credit: Chris Yarzab. The LAPD will … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Falling behind.

Today in OpenGov: Respect my authority!

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, the fight for President Trump’s taxes heats up, independent journalists face a continued crackdown in Morocco, a former Senate staffer pleads guilty for doxxing senators, and more.  trumpland Image credit: Marco Verch. The fight between House Democrats and President Trump over access to his tax … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Respect my authority!

This Week in Conflicts: More requests for Documents from Trump’s Inaugural Committee, Security Clearance Approval Questions and Cohen Says he was “Encouraged” to Lie

This post was originally published on this site Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore) This week, top contractors with President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee are being asked to turn over documents, a whistleblower comes forward with more details about the approval of security clearances for Jared Kushner and … Read moreThis Week in Conflicts: More requests for Documents from Trump’s Inaugural Committee, Security Clearance Approval Questions and Cohen Says he was “Encouraged” to Lie

Today in OpenGov: Under review.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, reaching across party lines in Congress to support agency FOIA compliance, informing the public amid an evolving public transportation ecosystem, threatening potential leakers at the Department of Homeland Security, cracking down on corruption in Kenya, and more.  washington watch Image via Pixabay. The poll is … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Under review.

As urban transportation evolves, open data is crucial for an informed public

This post was originally published on this siteEarlier this year, I attended TransportationCamp DC, an “unconference” centered on topics in urban transportation, with a particular focus on technology. As it occurs just before a major international transportation conference, it brings together people from all over the country and world. One thing that was clear from … Read moreAs urban transportation evolves, open data is crucial for an informed public

Today in OpenGov: “Accidental” oversight.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, government AI programs need oversight and transparency, House Democrats launch a full court press of investigations into the Trump administration, Georgia legislators introduce legislation targeting journalists in the state, and more.  washington watch Image via Pixabay. A pair of representatives are urging their colleagues to … Read moreToday in OpenGov: “Accidental” oversight.

Today in OpenGov: Who watches the watchdogs?

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, the FEC is having trouble finding a watchdog, North Carolina’s GOP chair is charged with bribery, WhatsApp introduces fact-checking to fight fake news ahead of Indian elections, and more.  washington watch The Federal Election Commission. The Federal Election Commission is struggling to fill its vacant … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Who watches the watchdogs?

Today in OpenGov: Take a stand.

This post was originally published on this siteIn today’s edition, Ted Cruz vs. the FEC, the Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland takes a leave of absence amid a growing scandal, a whistleblower identifies significant security clearance issues at the Trump White House, and more.  washington watch Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a committee hearing. Image … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Take a stand.