- “The recently completed 2011 fiscal year saw 378 court challenges to the withholding of information by the federal government, up 27% from the previous fiscal year, according to district court information compiled as part of the FOIA Project (http://www.foiaproject.org).”
- “Nine public-sector IT executives were named Thursday, Oct. 6, as advisers to a commission of industry heavyweights that [plan to] develop recommendations for implementation of cloud computing in state and local government.” (govtech.com)
This week is National Newspaper Week.
- We’d provide you a better link but ironically, there doesn’t seem to be a more official (and updated/accurate) one to link to. So if the provided link doesn’t suffice, we’ll kindly just leave it up to you to look it up on your favorite search engine. (HT to a Daily Press article in an email blast from the Virginia Coalition for Open Government)
- “Mundelein High School District 120 board members no longer wade through thick packets of memos, contracts and reports at their semimonthly meetings”
- Find out more in the article…
Wednesday was International Right to Know Day
- Here are some remarks from the State Department’s Maria Otero who is the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs.
- The Reporters Committee marks International Right to Know Day.
- “The days of relying on a print newspaper and a television anchor telling us “the way it is” are long gone. In 2011, Americans and citizens the world over consume news on multiple screens and platforms. Increasingly, we all contribute reports ourselves, using Internet-connected smartphones.”
- “One of the largest obstacles to covering state budget issues is often state government itself. Accessing simple budget data such as revenue and expenditure totals can create a headache harsh enough to discourage even the most determined…”
- I have a guest post on The American Society for Public Administration’s blog.
- “From the recent earthquake to hurricanes and wildfires there certainly has been the need for residents to find out timely and useful information from their local government.”
Transparency Advocates React to U.S. Open Government Action Plan (by techPresident)
- “President Barack Obama on Tuesday led the public unveiling of national open government action plans from the eight countries participating in the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral coalition on openness and transparency.”
- Find out what some advocates have said about it.
September 2011 Municipal Cost Index Released (by American City & County)
- Find out if the costs of goods and services purchased by local governments went up or down since last month.
August 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings (by comScore)
- “comScore, Inc. … released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions.”
- More data here…
NY Governor launches transparency website (by CivSource)
- Find out how the Governor is trying to interact more with citizens.
- How’d your state do? How do you think it could be improved?
- “Still a little ooky about social media? Well, believe it or not, social media is a major element of news nowadays.”
- This talks specifically about social media, the news, and recent weather.
- “Technology is dramatically transforming the election process. Election offices are challenged to keep pace through leveraging technology to increase transparency and improve communication with the public. Here are five technology trends being adopted by election offices across the country to better serve voters, candidates and the media.”
- “The Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll shows totals for state and local government full-time and part-time employment, and it details employment by government function at the national and state level.”
- This came in after the original post. Thanks to Alex Howard for the heads up on this!
- So what can government communications learn from the east-coast earthquake that happened on Tuesday?
- Here’s three things:
- be where they are, be official, be fast.
- “AmericaSpeaks released a new report, ‘Assessing Public Participation in an Open Government Era: A Review of Federal Agency Plans.’ This represents the most comprehensive review of the public participation aspects of the federal open government initiative to date.” (link in original)
- A bunch of info in the story by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
- “comScore released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in July for an average of 18.5 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions.” (emphasis added)
Which way did the August 2011 Municipal Cost Index go? Find out here!
- The author “shares with us his organization’s venture at creating metrics for government websites that officials and citizens can agree on.”