Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

On Thursday 23 September 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will mark-up, H.R. 6026, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, a bill to require that any report required by statute to be issued to Congress and releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) be posted on a website managed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

OpenTheGovernment.org is circulating the below letter in support of the bill:

Dear Chairman Towns and Ranking Member Issa,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations concerned with government accountability and transparency, we are writing in support of H.R. 6026, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act.

H.R. 6026 requires that any report required by statute to be issued to Congress and releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) be posted on a website managed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The reports would be available no later than 30 days after their transmission to Congress, and would be searchable by a number of categories.

Congressionally mandated reports contain a wealth of information about how the government is going about its work, and where it is doing, or not doing, well. H.R. 6026 makes it easier for the public to find this information and use it to hold officials accountable for their actions.

We appreciate your time and attention to this issue, and urge that you pass H.R. 6026. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further, please contact Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org (pmcdermott@openthegovernment.org or 202-332-6736).

Sincerely,

OpenTheGovernment.org

White House Issues Open Government Directive

The White House today issued an Open Government Directive under the signature of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter Orszag to the heads of U.S. executive departments and agencies.

The directive follows previous action by President Barack Obama, who issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government on his first full day of office (21 January 2009).

Cross-posted in Law Library Blog.