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Government Accountability

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Accountability M.I.A.

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

A powerful message is sent that this is truth, that this is life. A mature sense of responsibility and a measure of integrity are devalued - where they are recognized at all.

Cook That Chicken Because You're on Your Own

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rena Steinzor

CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.

Who's Kidding Who?

Paul Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

The moral compass is often purer in young kids and these distinguished professionals all behave like little children anyways, so what if we evened the playing field by letting them compete with smart young folk?

A Big Task for a "Small Small Thing"

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Sofiya Ballin

There is something about her eyes. Big, round saucers brimming with innocence that can see right through you. A dark scar runs down her cheek, a permanent tear for a girl who has a lot to cry about but instead smiles.

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Obama Made 'Baby Steps' Toward Government Openness

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration made "baby steps" over the past two years toward government transparency and accountability, according to a study released Tu...

A Fuller Accounting

Debra K. Decker | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Debra K. Decker

We keep getting twisted and tied up by urgent matters because we don't address America's important underlying issues: what we want as a people and the role of government in helping us achieve that. To develop a framework, we need a fuller accounting.

Why Partisan Voting Makes Accountability Impossible

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What problems and injustices in our society bother you? Whatever it is, the only way those problems can be addressed is by a government that is truly accountable to the people. We believe a system of Local Electors would do just that.

Does 1% Control Government in America?

Todd Phillips | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

We talk of "we the people" and of the "public interest," but the general public is completely unorganized politically, which makes it impossible for any "will of the people" to emerge.

Everything Is Secret, So Don't Bother Asking

William Astore | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Classification is important; state secrets do need to be guarded. But more important than classification is government transparency. Classification in a democracy must be used judiciously and sparingly, else democracy itself is imperiled.

We Can Fix Our Campaign Finance Laws and Use Full Disclosure to Stop Corruption in D.C.

David Grosso | Posted 04.16.2012 | DC
David Grosso

Corruption in D.C. damages our chances for full voting rights and cheats District residents. Recent federal prosecutions, along with a cascade of elections, may help clean out the D.C. Council. But we need more.

Efforts To Boost Transparency In States Often Thwarted By Old Patterns Of Secrecy

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — More openness in government. Lawmakers across the country, including the Republicans who took control in many states this year, say t...

Obama and Open Government: Turning Vision Into Reality

Gary D. Bass, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D.

Obama deserves top grades for the strategy, the initiative, and the commitment to openness. To be truly transformational, he must get agencies to make timely, accurate information available to the public in searchable and downloadable formats.

From Indiana to Palestine: Bring the Change We Need Home from Geneva

Nahal Zamani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nahal Zamani

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review ...

We the People: Are We in Charge?

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Cunningham

Honest anger can be manipulated by politicians for their own self-serving ends. Anger can be used by those in power to divide and conquer, and it has been over and over again.

Three Unsung Democracy Heroes

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Newman

There are unsung heroes dedicated to bringing our government more in line with its democratic values and removing corporate influence from our political process.

Guy Fawkes Protesters Finally Celebrate the Right Way

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allison Kilkenny

On November 5, 1605, England held a celebration for the opening of Parliament. Guy Fawkes tried to spark a revolution by blowing up the building, and ...

Stimulus Website Relaunched, Upgraded

Los Angeles Times | Joe Markman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - Since February, when the government launched a website, Recovery.gov, to provide a window on the federal stimulus package...

Of Bush's Iraq Delusion and Obama's Dilemma

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The longer President Obama avoids confronting the perverse legacy of the war, the more distorted our decisions and strategy will be.

Tortured Logic

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

2009-08-06-aclupull.jpgIn "Tortured Logic," a video released by the ACLU today, you'll hear well-known people like Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez and Philip Glass, read from those chilling Justice Department torture memos.

Finally, a Craigslist for Government Assets

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

If you're looking for a good deal on public assets, Allen & Overy LLP, a leading international law firm, has a product for you.

Blocked Whistleblower Protections Put Obama Transparency Promises at Risk

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

For the last 30 years, whistleblower protection laws have been a sham, and whistleblowers need the opportunity to appear before a jury.

Data.Gov Launches: Why You Should Care and What You Should Do

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Brewer

Sometimes the geekiest stuff is the most important. When it comes to creating a more transparent and accountable government, Thursday, May 21, is one...

Hope + Lessig = Change

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Newman

Lawrence Lessig, through his group, Change Congress, has already done some of the important legwork to get us involved in removing the influence of special interests in Congress.