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    Celebrating the 'Most Transparent Administration in History'

    Just a little over a year ago today, President Obama declared, “This is the most transparent administration in history.” But as it turns out, that depends on how you define transparency. Obama continued, “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law … More

    “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms

    Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector. The NIST framework is … More

    How a FOIA Request Brought Down EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

    Author Christopher Horner joined the Bloggers Briefing this week to discuss his new book, The Liberal War on Transparency, and how citizen journalists can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold the government accountable. “You’ve got Issa oversight, and you’ve got you oversight—FOIA and state open records laws,” … More

    Justice Department Used Enemies List to Attack Critics, Including Me

    It’s an odd feeling to see your name on the list of individuals targeted by the Justice Department. Especially when you used to work there. The DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs appears to have enlisted Media Matters to serve as its unofficial PR wing — the one responsible for running … More

    Cybersecurity Will Not Be Solved by a New Executive Order

    The nation does not deserve a cybersecurity solution that is rushed through by executive order. The current draft cyber executive order is being seen by some as a long-awaited panacea for the “lack” of motivation of critical industry to secure itself. This is ridiculous. Presently, the reason for businesses not … More

    DeMint Seeks Answers on NLRB's Boeing Complaint

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wants the National Labor Relations Board to turn over all documents related to its recent complaint against The Boeing Co. The NLRB, already facing a backlash for its meddling in a private company’s business decision, is now under fire for the secretive process it used to … More

    Does FEMA Know Where Its Homeland Security Grants Are Spent?

    President Obama promised a federal government that is dedicated to greater openness and transparency. But does the Obama administration believe in openness and transparent government when it comes to homeland security grants managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Heritage Foundation … More

    What Transparency Looks Like to the Obama White House

    Things that are transparent: Saran Wrap, glass, water. Things that aren’t transparent: brick walls, mountains, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Or so it would seem, if you take a look at the CEQ’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request issued by the U.S. Chamber … More