Open Government Reports Can’t Be Found If You Ask D.C. Agency Staff — Auditor Finds in Live Tests

Asking by telephone and email for agencies’ reports on transparency, as part of a test of District of Columbia agencies’ public service, the D.C. Auditor found worse knowledge and courtesy than in a raft of other tests (such as calling to learn about a benefit or have a pothole patched).

The Auditor’s June 27 report called the results ”not encouraging.” Continue…

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Yahoo issues transparency report

From Stuff.co.nz: Yahoo has released its first-ever transparency report, shedding some light on the number of government data requests it receives.

The report comes amid damaging disclosures that the National Security Agency can crack the encryption of online traffic – email, medical records, online shopping and other web activities – of the world’s biggest internet companies, including Yahoo.

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Watchdog group grades agencies’ FOIA performance

From FCW:

The Center for Effective Government on March 13 released a report on the government’s Freedom of Information Act response efforts, finding that agencies processed more FOIA in 2012 than in previous years, and that backlogs have declined even as the number of requests has grown. But more requests are being redacted, the report found, and the cost of FOIA processing varied widely from agency to agency.

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