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White House Rolls Out New Rules to Open Up Government Data

“The White House on Thursday introduced new rules that seek to make government data more open and accessible to researchers and the public, through an executive order signed by President Obama and an open-data policy released by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The president’s executive order says that the default state of government data must be open and machine readable, and that agencies must protect “privacy, confidentiality, and national security” when releasing information in such open formats.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Senate passes John Cornyn’s bill to improve public access to government documents

Houston Chronicle – “Legislation by transparency-in-government champion John Cornyn to reduce processing delays in Freedom of Information Act requests passed unanimously in the Senate on Thursday. The Faster FOIA Act, which was reintroduced in March during Sunshine Week, would create a commission that would study how to reduce the delays, and it would “bring our government one step closer to better transparency,” said Cornyn, a Republican senator from San Antonio. The legislation will now go to the House for consideration. Cornyn said it would be a benefit to the American people “who deserve to be treated as valued customers when they seek answers from their government.”

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