Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda

Part of ongoing discussion on federal government openness and transparency, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Government Relations Office has delivered to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team a 114-page report Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress including 70+ prioritized recommendations on issues relating to national security and secrecy, usability of government information, and how to create an environment for greater transparency.

USG Plum Book for 2008 is Available

The Plum Book (United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions): 2008 Edition is now available.

It is published after each presidential election by, alternately,  the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

It contains data (as of September 1, 2008) on over 7,000 Federal Government Civil Service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment (e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials). The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials.