508 Compliance: Stop Enforcing, Start Innovating

| March 27, 2009

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.  Now known affectionately as Section 508, it directs all Federal agencies to ensure that their websites and electronic information are just as accessible to people with hearing or vision impairments so that […]

Communication Evolution: Letters to 140 Characters

| March 26, 2009

Then:  Once upon a time when it took up to three weeks to delivery a communication, people would write long, multi-page letters to one another.  These letters provided a series of intertwined thoughts and emotions that conveyed everything a person was thinking, feeling and wondering, all within a semi-coherent narrative. Over time, the means of […]

Putting Citizens on Par with Lobbyists

| March 16, 2009

The Transparency and Open Government memo states that “Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policy making and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information.”  While this is an important goal for the Executive Branch, it is just as critical that we do the same […]

Office of Government Engagement Needed?

| March 13, 2009

The new Administration has put significant effort into the Transparency and Open Government effort.  There have certainly been examples of progress towards an open government, such as  HUD’s Recovery Act site, which already has some great data on where their Recovery Act dollars are going. While there has been a lot of work, time and […]

Open Source Government Transparency Projects

| March 8, 2009

A whole cadre of folks inside and outside government are awash with figuring out how to address the government transparency question brought on by the President’s Transparency and Open Government memo. At the end of last weekend’s TransparencyCamp, Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs, brought up the issue of bringing open source developers into the […]