Category «E-Government»

FOIA Facts: Funding FOIA

Scott A. Hodes contends that reducing FOIA Operations any further is the wrong way to go if the objectives of increasing government transparency are to be pursued. The actual process of searching for records in response to FOIA requests and processing those requests requires human interaction – in other words, while the documents themselves can be digitized, a person will always be required to search for and process responsive records.

Subjects: Congress, E-Government, FOIA Facts, Government Resources, Legal Research

The Government Domain: New & Free Regulations Trackers

Peggy Garvin reviews new, free, non-government resources that have recently come online to complement the official U.S. government regulatory information sites, RegInfo.gov and Regulations.gov. For this bounty, Peggy says researcher can thank innovative developers and the relatively new availability of a free XML version of the Federal Register that can be downloaded in bulk.

Subjects: Columns, E-Government, Government Resources, Legal Research, The Government Domain

FOIA Facts: Nonsense

Senators Patrick Leahy and John Cornyn have introduced a bill establishing a committee of citizens to make recommendations on improving FOIA performance. A similar version of this bill was introduced in 2005 and went nowhere fast, according to Scott A. Hodes.

Subjects: E-Government, FOIA Facts, Freedom of Information, Legal Research

The Web Guide for the New Economy

This guide by Marcus P. Zillman showcases the latest world wide web resources for discovering new knowledge on and understanding about developments with regard to the New Economy. The rapid changes in government transparency policies have resulted in the release of large volumes of data pertinent to researchers that public, advocacy and corporate entities are publishing to the web.

Subjects: Business Research, E-Government, Features, Government Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, Legal Research, Search Strategies

The Government Domain – Congressional Documents on FDsys: Advanced Techniques

Following up on a previous column in which she introduced FDsys and explained the site’s simple search and navigation, this month Peggy Garvin provides an update and introduces more advanced search techniques for the congressional information available on FDsys.

Subjects: E-Government, Government Resources, The Government Domain

PACER Spending Survey

Stanford Law School deputy library director Erika Wayne describes an open source document access project focused on improving PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), sponsored by a small group of research savvy and customer service oriented law librarians.

Subjects: Court Resources, E-Government, Features, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Public Records

The Government Domain: Tracking Congress 2.0

With the 111th Congress of the United States reconvening on September 8th, e-gov expert Peggy Garvin highlights new tools and sources that enhance and expand your ability to track and monitor the action.

Subjects: Congress, E-Government, Government Resources, Legislative, The Government Domain

FOIA Facts: President Obamas FOIA Memorandum and When Change Will Actually Occur

Scott A. Hodes notes the Obama administration’s immediate focus on FOIA, but reminds us that changing the ship of government requires numerous steps and constant vigilance to ensure change remains consistent and constant.

Subjects: E-Government, FOIA Facts, Government Resources

The Goverment Domain: Government Topics at the SLA 2008 Conference

Peggy Garvin’s article focuses on key speakers and significant issues, services and websites that hightlighted issues, initiatives and services significant to the government documents arena.

Subjects: E-Government, Government Resources, Legal Research, The Government Domain

The Government Domain: Plain Language in Government Communications

Peggy Garvin demonstrates the impact of the Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2008 on the accessibility of content posted on e-government websites.

Subjects: E-Government, The Government Domain, Web Accessibility, Web Management
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