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Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week Has Come and Gone - Let's Have Real Sunshine in Government Spending

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Now, I am a huge proponent of transparency and accountability. But I think the organizers and funders of Sunshine Week are missing the biggest issue facing citizens with respect to transparency: where government funds are spent and what results are being achieved.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

Sunshine... There's an App for That

Peg Perl | Posted 05.14.2013 | Denver
Peg Perl

It's national Sunshine Week -- a time to promote awareness and discussion about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Obama 'Openness' Pledge Falls Flat

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year...

Obama Supports New Category Of Secret Government Files

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the middle of Sunshine Week, when news organizations and advocacy groups promote government transparency, the Obama administrati...

Sunshine Week: Optimism through the Clouds

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

After launching Sunshine Week with yesterday's successful Advisory Committee on Transparency event, it's a good time to reflect on positive transparen...

Congress' Ludicrously Lax Employment Negotiation Rules

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

A lawmaker may elect to disclose their employment negotiations after they have already negotiated, left Congress, and received a paycheck! Why even have these rules to begin with?

Sunshine Week: The Forecast is Mostly Cloudy

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth F. Bunting

Open government laws, in state after state, are being damaged and weakened, with increasing frequency, by new exclusions, loopholes and crazy exemptions that promote more secrecy and a lot less transparency.

Dan Froomkin

10 Things Obama Won't Tell Us (Happy Sunshine Week!)

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's very public embrace of open government -- starting on his first full day in office -- has been a welcome change from the regime of ...

Help Us Liberate Government Records During Sunshine Week

Ellen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller

As part of Sunshine Week, The Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation are looking for help with The Data Mine, a new online series identifying inaccessible or difficult to use information.

Transparency Around the World

Avelino Maestas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Avelino Maestas

Two weeks ago, the chief of staff for a member of the Republic of Korea Assembly looked over at me and, through a translator, said he was going to tell me why their political system is better than America's.