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Access to Information and Open Government Resources


The topic of the 2014 fall membership meeting was Opening the Government ~ Access for All. Mary Treacy, local information pioneer and Outreach Coordinator for Washington, DC-based OpenTheGovernment.org, shared her unique experience working to keep government-related information free and open to all constituencies. Below is a list of additional resources for further exploration of these topics, provided by Mary and MALL members.


Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act - H.R. 1380 (113th Congress) - introduced

Access to Justice Initiative - US Department of Justice

Coalition for Court Transparency   Videos

Community Justice Project - University of St. Thomas

E-Democracy.org

E-Government Advisory Council - Minn. Stat. 16E.071

FOIA Advisory Committee

FOIA Improvement Act - H.R. 1211 (113th Congress) - Article by Mary Treacy re: why Minnesotans should care.

FOIA Online - portal for Freedom of Information Act filings

Full Disclosure blog - James Eli Shiffer, Star Tribune

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) - the federal FOIA ombudsman

Open Government Initiative - supervised by the White House. Agencies are required to develop a plan to facilitate greater transparency. The Justice Department plan is here.

Open Twin Cities - Citizens driven to improve civic technology

Open Twin Cities/Twin Cities Brigade - Google group for civic hackers

Public Record Media - public record research, FOI, and transparency

Sunlight Foundation - advocates for open government globally

World Bank Transparency series podcasts


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