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Category Archives: Legislation

Politico 45 – A Daily Diary of the Presidential Transition

Politico’s new blog provides daily updates on the web and via email alerts. The focus is on daily meetings that include Pres-Elect Trump and or members of his team, transition plans, personnel under consideration for cabinet and administration positions, and plans for legislative initiatives. Continue Reading

The State of the Union of Open Data 2016

“Data Transparency 2016, the fourth annual policy conference hosted by the Data Foundation in September 2016, was a significant step forward for the open data movement in the United States. Over 1,000 government, nonprofit, and industry leaders came together to learn about developments in the field, share best practices, and work toward a future in… Continue Reading

Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

NPR – A Girl And Her Service Dog Head To The Supreme Court – “Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that significantly limited her motor skills but not her cognitive ability. So when she was 5, her pediatrician recommended that her parents get a service dog to help her become more independent.… Continue Reading

BBC – How the British Library is using SEO to become a digital media publisher

Ian Burrell – “The British Library is becoming a modern news publisher. Its expertise in the field of journalism is immense. The home of one of the greatest newspaper archives in the world, amounting to more than 15m pages of news, it also houses The Newsroom, a permanent resource charting the evolution of news in broadcast,… Continue Reading

EveryCRSReport.com is making 8,255 CRS reports available to the general public

“Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses. CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers… Continue Reading

CRS – Ocean Dumping Act: A Summary of the Law

Ocean Dumping Act: A Summary of the Law, Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy. October 18, 2016: “The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) has two basic aims: to regulate intentional ocean disposal of materials, and to authorize related research. Permit and enforcement provisions of the law are often referred to as… Continue Reading

DOJ Guidance on New Restrictions on Assessing Certain FOIA Fees

October 19, 2016 – “With President Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, several substantive and procedural changes were made to the FOIA. Among these changes are additional restrictions on an agency’s ability to charge certain fees if the FOIA’s time limits are not met. Today, OIP has published guidance to assist agencies in understanding these… Continue Reading

Judge to determine whether Pacer fees are too high for public access

Via NextGov – Cost of Electronic Access to US Court Filings Faces Major Legal Test of Its Own: “…the paywall that surrounds Pacer is facing what may be its most serious test since the service emerged 28 years ago. Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., is expected to decide in the… Continue Reading

DOJ Outlines Plan to Enable Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data

“…Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced several steps by the Department of Justice to enable the nationwide collection of data on law enforcement interactions with civilians, including data related to the use of force by law enforcement officers. “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed… Continue Reading

Paper – After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter

After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter – Presented at the Data For Good Exchange 2016. “The mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 14, 2012 catalyzed a year of active debate and legislation on gun control in the United States. Social media hosted an active public discussion where people expressed their… Continue Reading

OIG USDA Audit – Fiscal Year 2016 Classification Management

Fiscal Year 2016 Classification Management, Audit Report 61701-0001-23, September 2016: “The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination (OHSEC) does not have an internal control structure sufficient to minimize the risk of overclassifying or improperly releasing national security information, despite the agency’s agreement to take appropriate actions towards that goal in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) 2013 audit of classified information, as mandated by Public… Continue Reading

Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over the Internet Domain Name System?

Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over the Internet Domain Name System?, CRS Insight via FAS, October 5, 2016. “On March 14, 2014, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce announced the intention to transition its stewardship role and procedural authority over key Internet domain name functions to the global Internet multistakeholder… Continue Reading