Posts tagged with ‘open government’
…Any testimony I were to provide to the Government would compromise to a significant degree my ability to continue reporting as well as the ability of other journalists to do so. This is particularly true in my current line of work covering stories relating to national security, intelligence and terrorism. If I aided the Government in its effort to prosecute my confidential source(s) for providing information to me under terms of confidentiality, I would inevitably be compromising my own ability to gather news in the future. I also believe that I would be impeding all other reporters’ ability to gather and report the news in the future.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, a conservative political scientist at the Hudson Institute, who, in his book “Necessary Secrets” (2010), argues for more stringent protection of classified information, says, “Ironically, Obama has presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history—even more so than Nixon.”
— Jane Myer, The New Yorker. The Secret Sharer: Is Thomas Drake an Enemy of the State.
Many of the Obama administration’s key open government initiatives are about to fall under the budgetary chopping block.
Via Federal News Radio:
One government official, who requested anonymity because they didn’t get permission to discuss the topic, said funding will begin to run out on April 20 for public sites IT Dashboard, Data.gov and paymentaccuracy.gov. The source said [the Office of Management and Budget] also is planning on shutting down internal government sites, including Performance.gov, FedSpace and many of the efforts related the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort.
Cutting these programs is a surprise, especially those that have demonstrated their economic worth. In a video released in mid-March, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra demonstrated how IT Dashboard has saved the US government over $3 billion.
Meanwhile, Data.gov has served as high profile lab where public data is released so citizens can remix, mashup and generally use public information to analyze and understand how government allocates resources and why it acts in the way it does.
It’s only a few years old and one would think efforts would go into increasing the data quality within it, and accessibility to it, rather than starve it.