Government Information

President issues executive order on classified national security information

On December 29, President Obama issued a new executive order, “Classified National Security Information”.  This order will alter the way the executive branch classifies documents, reducing over classification and the length of time the public must wait to view documents.  The president also released a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies that explains how he would like ... Read More »

President Obama releases Open Government Directive

The Obama administration released the Open Government Directive this morning — a step toward a more open government.  On President Obama’s first day in office he demonstrated his dedication to an open and accountable government by tasking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create this directive and our community has anxiously been awaiting its arrival.  In short the ... Read More »

OPEN FOIA Act awaits presidential signature

The Senate approved the OPEN FOIA Act Tuesday, legislation that would require Congress to openly and clearly state its intention to provide for statutory exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in March.  Since the House of Representatives has already passed the bill, it will ... Read More »

Want to help NARA update their strategic plan? Now’s your chance!

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is in the process of updating its 2006-2016 Strategic Plan. Every three years, the Government Performance Results Act of 1993 allows for periodic updates to the strategic plan, and NARA is providing the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.  The 2006 Strategic Plan: Preserving the Past to Protect the Future ... Read More »

Roles of public library technology in supporting E-government highlighted in new issues brief

In the fourth of a series of reports related to technology access in U.S. public libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research & Statistics (ORS) is highlighting how public library technology supports public access and use of E-government information and resources. The issues brief draws from national data published in the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. ... Read More »