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[News] Regulatory reform in the United States: An update
Last year we covered Executive Order 13,563 ("Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review") outlining the Obama administration's regulatory strategy. One of the prongs of that strategy was the retrospective analysis of existing rules that...
[Reports] White House Status Report on Open Government
On several occasions this blog has referred to the Obama Administration's initiatives to promote open government (see, e.g., here , here , and here ). Yesterday the White House released a Status Report on this topic ( The Obama Administration's...
[News] The European Ombudsman's Annual Report 2010
In a press conference in Brussels today the European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, presented his Annual Report 2010. The full Report (79 pages) and an 8-page Overview are available here . The European Ombudsman explained that the key points of his...
[News] Putting it plainly
In a post on the White House Blog yesterday, entitled " Putting it plainly ," Cass Sunstein, the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, describes the huge difference that the use of plain language on the part of federal...
[Cases] Corporations do not have "personal privacy" for the purposes of Exemption 7(C) of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act
Chief Justice Roberts delivered today the 8-0 decision of the Supreme Court in the case Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T (Justice Kagan took no part in the case). The Court held unanimously that the protection in FOIA against disclosure of...
Obama’s new Executive Order - Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the text of which is available here ) outlining his regulatory strategy. This Executive Order "is supplemental to and reaffirms the principles, structures, and definitions governing contemporary regulatory...
[Cases] Milner v. Department of the Navy and the scope of Exemption 2 of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 , allows citizens to access government documents unless one of nine numerated exemptions applies. Exemption 2 [5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(2)] exempts from disclosure records "related solely to...
[News] An additional step toward transparency: Data.gov
As RegBlog reports, the White House recently announced the online availability of extensive government datasets through Data.gov . On December 8, 2009, the White House issued the Open Government Directive, instructing Executive Departments to publish...
[News] Transparency under the Lisbon Treaty- An interview
Here is a link to a brief interview with Michael Cashman, the British MEP who has been entrusted by the European Parliament with the job of looking at openness and transparency, including access to documents, in the European Union (he describes himself...