Scott A. Hodes contends that Congress must actively use its oversight role to ensure that the new FOIA law, and the FOIA and other disclosure laws that are already on the books, are actively followed and funded.
Beth Wellington comments on mine safety legislation one year after the Sago Mine disaster.
Peggy Garvin reviews the new interface, new features and capabilities, and roster of participants on what has been dubbed “Regulations.gov 2.0,” released in December 2007 by OMB.
Paul Jenks describes how the committee markup is where the real work of Congress takes place. According to Paul, in the House, where floor amendments can be strictly regulated, they are the only place a member can propose a change. In some cases, the actual bill is written completely in a markup. This usually happens for appropriations bills, but is done increasingly for other really big bills.
Analysis of the Energy Bill, the EPA’s Refusal to Grant Waivers and State Laws With Respect to Climate Change
Beth Wellington reviews the contentious debate underway on the state, national and international level, concerning efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
Peggy Garvin spotlights presentations on using government documents, by New York Times reporter Scott Shane and Washington Post research editor Alice Crites, at a recent joint meeting of the SLA Government Information Division and the ALA Government Documents Roundtable.
According to Scott A. Hodes, bringing a FOIA case often results in a more timely release of information, more information being released then the agency would have released if it wasn’t in litigation and more information going to the requester about agency decisions and withheld documents.
This month Paul Jenks provides readers with a copy of a recent CRS report, Lobbying Law and Ethics Rules Changes in the 110th Congress.
Beth Wellington’s commentary reviews legislative activity, advocacy group positions and news articles related to proposed changes to portions of the Protect America Act.
Ken Strutin’s guide, which highlights key publications and resources, focuses on recent developments in the administration and implementation of federal laws. In addition, selected research on sex offenses, risk assessment, treatment and punishment are noted, along with a section on the new Adam Walsh Act.