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Immigrant detainees in Georgia more likely to be deported than detainees elsewhere

August 23, 2016 3:11 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained over 243,000 immigrants in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015).1 The detained immigrants are housed in a patchwork of public and private facilities around the country under contract with ICE. Read more »

The White House is joining Data Foundation’s annual #opendata conference

August 23, 2016 2:53 PM

Hey, federal open data enthusiasts — here’s one for you.

Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016), the Data Foundation’s fourth annual open data policy conference, will convene at the Washington Convention Center on Sept. 28. As in previous years, the conference “will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data.” Continue... Read more »

Watermelons and National Security: Protecting U.S. Foreign Intelligence Collection from Unnecessary Disclosure

August 22, 2016 3:27 PM

In 1966, Congress enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to create a legal regime under which the American public could gain access to information about its government’s activities. In keeping with Justice Brandeis’s observation that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” FOIA has become an invaluable tool in forcing information of national interest into the open, and of revealing instances of government waste, fraud, and abuse. Read more »

Illinois: U. of C. researchers use data to predict police misconduct

August 22, 2016 3:21 PM

In two Loop office buildings about eight blocks apart, a pair of University of Chicago research teams are analyzing big data to answer a thorny question that has become especially charged in recent months: Will a police officer have an adverse interaction with a citizen? Read more »

A bunch of #opengov groups are leading a California ‘database hunt’

August 22, 2016 2:43 PM

The Data Foundation, the sister organization of the Data Coalition that launched this winter, is teaming up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation to hold a “California Database Hunt.”

The goal? California’s local government agencies are now (as of July 1, 2016) required to publish a list of all “enterprise systems” they use to store data and information on the public. Continue... Read more »

Colorado lawmakers should stand up for open records

August 22, 2016 2:23 PM

It should come as little secret to regular readers that governments often work to confound the public’s right to know when asked to make available information that might embarrass or cause them legal troubles. Read more »

Press Releases: Department Hosts Online Discussion of Draft Open Government Plan

August 19, 2016 3:19 PM

Through August 31, 2016 the U.S. Department of State is conducting an online discussion between federal employees and the public on the initiatives proposed for inclusion in the State Department’s 2016 Open Government Plan. The goal of this dialogue is to engage with the public on the topics of transparency, participation, and collaboration and to show how these objectives are represented in the Department’s upcoming Open Government Plan. Read more »

Bloomberg Government: The changing role of the Chief Data Officer in state government agencies

August 19, 2016 3:08 PM

The title of “Chief Data Officer” – once uncommon in state and municipal governments – is becoming less uncommon. And that’s a very good thing for public sector innovation. Read more »

Virginia: Secrecy, on infrastructure, and for corporate records, a focus in FOIA debate

August 19, 2016 2:53 PM

A small committee going line-by-line through Virginia's open records laws decided to punt Thursday on a months-long effort to rein in one of the laws vaguest sets of rules. Read more »

Watchdog: Pentagon needs to update FOIA policies

August 19, 2016 2:48 PM

The Department of Defense (DOD) needs to improve its policies on responding to public-records requests, according to a new inspector general report. Read more »

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