Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/access.pdf

Examines the controversy over the disclosure of classified information by the president and related government standards for classifying and declassifying information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

National Archives Announces a New Model for the Preservation and Accessibility of Presidential Records

Categories: Govt Information,History,Presidency

https://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2017/nr17-54

Press release which describes partnership with Obama Foundation which will digitize all unclassified presidential records, which will then be housed at existing NARA facilities for better access and preservation.  From the National Archives and Records Administration

 

EPA Kicks Off Website Updates

Categories: Environment,Govt Information,Headlines

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-kicks-website-updates

Language used on the EPA website to explain the removal of information about climate change and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Some information from the Obama Administration is still available at https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

S.960 – Preserving Data in Government Act of 2017

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Information,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://www.gardner.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/gardner-peters-introduce-bill-to-keep-government-research-data-publically-available

Press release about bill introduced in Senate to require that federal agencies preserve public access to databases and datasets created with taxpayer funding.  From the office of Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator from Colorado

 

Summary of Annual FOIA Reports for Fiscal Year 2016

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/oip/reports/fy_2016_annual_report_summary.pdf/download

Shows total number of Freedom of Information Act requests for information received by federal agencies during 2016, a 10% increase over 2015, and the highest number received in any year since the passage of the law.  Also shows number of requests processed, the outcome of requests, backlogged requests and average processing time.  From the Justice Department

 

Congressional Record Bound Edition

Categories: Congress,Govt Information

https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb_gpo/_crecb

Now expanded to include volumes covering the period 1961-1970.  Overall the coverage now includes Vols. 107 (1961) to 147 (2001) + vols. 151 (2005) and 152 (2006).  Users must deal with differences in functionality between the pre-1999 volumes and the later ones.  From the U.S. Government Publishing Office

 

Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts

Categories: Communism,Crime/Justice,Govt Information,History,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.archives.gov/research/court-records/rosenberg-jury.html

Features the release of the last remaining sealed grand jury testimony, that of William Danziger, in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of spying for the Soviet Union in the early 1950s.  From the National Archives

 

McCaskill, Carper Letter to White House and Archivist of the U.S. Regarding Compliance with Presidential Records Act

Categories: Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/mccaskill-carper-letter-to-wh-counsel-mcgahn

Questions whether use by White House officials of communications applications that automatically delete messages violate the Presidential Records Act.  Also questions the use of social media platforms, whether personal and official accounts are properly separated, and whether all communications are being preserved.  From the Minority leadership of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

 

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