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From Open NDAA

Imagine that someone is put in charge of your personal budget, and authorizes all of your spending money for food, clothes, rent and fun. Now, imagine that person decides your budget in secret, without taking any input from you. Sounds like a terrible idea, right?


White House to petitioners: We ARE listening

From NextGov

The Obama administration takes petitions posted to its We the People website seriously and during weekly meetings discusses responses to those that cross the 25,000-signature threshold, officials said in a response and video posted Thursday.

The White House launched We the People in September, touting it as a one-stop shop for citizens to petition the federal government and as part of the Obama administration's larger commitment to open government.


San Diego company will handle online voting for Colorado residents, military personnel living overseas

From San Diego Union-Tribune

Everyone Counts, a San Diego company that provides online voting technology, has been selected by the Colorado Secretary of State to implement a new ballot delivery system to serve military personnel and other overseas voters.


Halliburton wins praise from open-government groups for commitment to political disclosure

From The Houston Chronicle

This is news: Halliburton is being praised — yes, praised! — by political watchdog groups. The Houston-based multinational corporation, which has been blasted for a decade by liberals and good government groups for its close ties to the White House and the Pentagon, is now being held up as a model of openness.


Second records request sent to area school districts includes definition of misconduct

From Daily Bulletin

Ten local school districts have been asked to provide copies of complaints of teacher misconduct and records of any actions taken as a result of such conduct.

The Public Records Act requests, sent last week by The Sun and the Daily Bulletin, follow queries sent last month to 19 school districts seeking the number of complaints of teacher misconduct in the last five years.


Redding denies records request for REU investigative reports

From The Record Searchlight

Redding intends to keep under wraps a pair of investigative reports on mismanagement and hostile workplace allegations in the electric utility's customer service department.

On Monday, a Los Angeles law firm representing the city denied the Record Searchlight's request for the reports dating to 2008, saying they are exempt from public disclosure because they are part of personnel records.