Monday, June 27, 2005

An Early Birthday Gift

As the Fourth of July approaches, Uncle Sam is giving us 296,467,721 American citizens an early birthday gift:

Congress will allow the Congressional Research Service to grant open public access to its work. CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress, operated by the Library of Congress.

Information will be posted at www.opencrs.com, a web site that has organized previously public CRS reports. The Center for Democracy and Technology www.cdt.org deserves a lot of credit for this victory.

Another group dedicated to transparency in government is the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government www.cjog.net

When I served as Press Secretary for Rep. Marcy Kaptur, we worked closely with CRS staff on several projects, including the issues of our federal budget deficit, federal debt and taxes. I look forward to accessing research on Homeland Security, alternative energy, and technology commercialization that we can put to work for Toledo - and I'd be interested in hearing from you about what you found interesting in all this research.

If you get a chance, send Marcy a note of thanks.

5 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

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11:53 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Correction Frank, I know someone who just had a baby, so we are up at least one from the number of US citizens you gave us.

In any event, transparency is good and essential, and an implied necessity in the US Constitution. Most of us common folk are just catching our breath from the information overload of the last few years. Liberals, Conservatives, and "Independents" will all have their gripes about the accuracy of CRS info, but to me the more access to information the better. Knowledge IS power, and it is nice to see those in power gracing us with access to important information easily and freely. A questioning of the acts of authority is not only our right, it is often our duty.

Our United States have come a long way since the face to face dialogue in town squares or in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Founding fathers and mothers knew that citizens deserved to have access to the information about what government was doing on their behalf. This newest step in the actualizing transparency in government is, to me, a step toward to ideals that founded this great country. At least on the surface, this is one of the few areas I agree with GW Bush. Transparency in government is essential to the preservation of liberties, in a democratic republic. I also thank Congresswoman Kaptur for her efforts to make this a reality.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Thanks Frank for posting about this and I sent thanks to Marcy as well.

This is a cool addition to thomas.loc where I spend alot of reading time.

12:09 AM  
Blogger toledoman said...

From a previous topic, "...the rest of us who work hard and play by the rules"

Franky, Franky. Come on now - this is your blog - get out the truth...the WHOLE truth that your definition of "play by the rules" is different for a Democrat City Councilperson and the rest of us in the public. You steal Betty Shultz signs for Skippy, and Karyn McConnell Hancock (in her role as an officer of the court - attorney), makes her own private spot and doesn't believe in paying the state their just due license fees. What is your definition of "play by the rules"? Are we speaking legal laws OR are we speaking of the rules of the game that local Democrats play?

10:41 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Dude, your crazy.

12:02 AM  

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