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Release from, POGO, and other Partners: Most Agencies Improve Open Government Plans Before Deadline
June 28, 2010

Twenty-two of 39 federal agencies responded to the call from to issue revised Open Government Plans by last Friday’s deadline. will work with volunteers to re-evaluate the strength of the plans, and provide feedback on the changes. The organization will release updated findings in July.

Audit Reveals Wide Variation in Agency Plans to Make Government More Open
May 3, 2010

A ranking of agencies’ Open Government Plans compiled during an independent audit reveals the strongest and weakest agency plans, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the top of the list and the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the bottom. Strikingly, the audit also found that several agencies that are supposed to lead by example on the government openness front failed to do so in their Open Government Plans.

Conflicting Interests at FDA
August 8, 2008

Obama for...Transparency
June 4, 2008



Related Resources

The State of the State Secrets Privilege
Podcasts; Collaboration on Government Secrecy, Washington College of Law at American University, POGO's Danielle Brian on Panel Three: Legislative Perspective -- an up-to-date view from Capitol Hill of the prospects for state secrets privilege reform by Congress (01:10:48)
November 18, 2009 

DOE Faces Security Challenges in the Post September 11, 2001, Environment
Robin M. Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and Environment Team, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
June 24, 2003 


POGO in the News

Obama's transparency record: lots of data, not as much sunlight, J.B., July 16, 2012 

Appointees better at protecting, but no new law, J.B., July 9, 2012 

Kerrey raps closed committee meetings , By Joseph Morton WORLD-HERALD, May 24, 2012 

GSA scandal lends urgency to data transparency measure , Charles S. ClarkGovernment Execuitve (, April 23, 2012 

Has the President put the brakes on contractor disclosure?, Sarah ChackoFederal Times (, April 10, 2012 

Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says, Michael O'ConnellFederal News Radio, March 13, 2012 

How to open up the Obama administration , Dana LiebelsonThe Week, March 12, 2012 

Really Want to Influence Politicians? Stop Donating to Campaigns, Bruce WatsonDaily Finance, November 3, 2011 

Watchdogs wants more lobbying info from supercommittee members, Dave LevinthalPOLITICO, September 15, 2011 

Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say, Joseph, July 29, 2011 

Watching the watchdog: Cummings grows into oversight role, John FritzeThe Baltimore Sun, June 11, 2011 

When did sunlight become the infectant?, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)The Hill, May 12, 2011 

House members clash over contractor disclosure order, Alice LipowiczWashington Technology, May 12, 2011 

Budget could close the door on open government, By Ed O'KeefeThe Washington Post; Federal Eye: Keeping Tabs On The Government, April 14, 2011 

Administration falling short on FOIA compliance, critics say, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, March 17, 2011 

Obama receiving transparency award (at a later date) despite criticism, By Ed O'KeefeThe Washington Post; Keeping Tabs on the Government, March 16, 2011 

Publishing contracts online? Not so fast, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, February 10, 2011 

Public interest groups demand renewed probe of CIA’s destroyed torture records, By Stephen C. WebsterThe Raw Story, December 23, 2010 

Whither the Gatekeeper? Navigating New Rules and Roles in the Age of Radical Transparency, With POGO's Danielle Brian, Washington Post's Walter Pincus and Maggie Mulvihill, New England Center for Investigative ReportingNieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, December 16, 2010 

Agencies use new label for safeguarded docs, By Jolie LeeFederal News Radio, November 5, 2010 

Reforming the way Washington works (Sen. Gillibrand), By Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)The Hill's Congress Blog, July 20, 2010 

Agencies must satisfy taxpayers' hunger for information, By POGO's Angela Canterbury and Bryan RahijaFederal Times, June 13, 2010 

Group gives most open government plans mediocre marks, By Aliya, May 3, 2010 

Even the 'worst' open government plans include open source, By Amy VernonNetwork World, May 3, 2010 

House transparency caucus vows to regain public's trust in government, By Aliya, April 29, 2010 

Fresher data would improve, watchdog groups say, By Alice LipowiczFederal Computer Week, February 5, 2010 

Critics pan release of government information, By Ed O’KeefeWashington Post; The Federal Eye, January 27, 2010 

OMB directs agencies to post more data online, By Gregg CarlstromFederal Times, December 13, 2009 

Can Liberal Democrats Reform the Patriot Act?, By Theo EmeryTIME Magazine, September 25, 2009 

"Good Government" Groups Praise Obama's Higher Threshold for State Secrets Rule, With White House Correspondent Jake TapperABC News Online, Political Punch, September 23, 2009 

Ten administration officials granted exceptions to ethics rule, By Robert BrodskyGovernment Executive, September 9, 2009 

Obama Finds That Washington’s Habits of Secrecy Die Hard, By Sheryl Gay StolbergNew York Times, April 4, 2009 

Obama gets down to business on 1st day, By Todd SpanglerFree Press And Associated Press, January 22, 2009 

'Transparency' fixes seen in Congress' future, By John FritzeUSA Today, January 2, 2009 

Massive New Spending, Bush-Era Policies Top Lists of Concerns For Next Year, By Justin Rood, Megan Chuchmach & Brian RossABC News, January 2, 2009 

Treasury Seeks Wall Street's Help in Bailout, By Tanya SnyderFree Speech Radio News, October 4, 2008 

Congress revamps bailout deal — with 'a few sweeteners' , By Gregg CarlstromFederal Times, October 3, 2008 

Sweeping authority for Treasury chief survives bailout negotiations, By Elizabeth NewellGovernment Executive, October 3, 2008 

Bailout bill would have given Treasury chief unfettered authority, By Robert Brodsky and Elizabeth NewellGovernment Executive, September 29, 2008 

Bailout Outrage Races Across the Web, By Moira HerbstBusinessWeek, September 25, 2008 

BAE technology may have been 'compromised', says Pentagon, By Danny FortsonThe Independent, May 3, 2008 

Security of F-35 Jet Secrets Questioned, By Dana HedgpethWashington Post, May 2, 2008 

Stealth Fighter Security 'May Have Been Compromised' (Updated), By Noah ShachtmanWired News, May 1, 2008 

Fighter jet program may have compromised secret technology, By Joelle Tessler Associated Press, May 1, 2008 

Pentagon Didn't Safeguard Tech At BAE Facilities - Govt Report, Dow Jones International News, May 1, 2008 

Pentagon inspector faults U.S. oversight of BAE, By Jim WolfReuters, May 1, 2008 

Security Dept. Eases Its Nondisclosure Rule, By John FilesThe New York Times, January 18, 2005