Tag: open government

The Church Committee: Dusting off one option for overhaul of oversight

In light of perceived overreach, as well as massive changes in technology and diminished oversight, there is increasing call for establishment of a 21st Century Church Committee.

Waters coalition, SBA call for EPA ‘Waters’ rule withdrawal

A group of 63 business and agriculture organizations told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 29 that its recent statements about its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule violate basic open-government requirements.

Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals.

Hymes calls on Chafin to disclose role in Puckett scandal

It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission “outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.”

Amy Bennett: We need Congress to fix the FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical law for making sure the public has a fighting chance to get copies of records the government might not want it to see.


Media news: Senate committee kills public notice legislation

A State Senate committee effectively killed legislation that would have taken public notices out of newspapers. The Senate Committee on Local Government voted 12-3 on Tuesday to “pass by indefinitely” Sen. Ralph K. Smith’s SB 472.

Warner, Kaine highlight impact of shutdown on Virginia

Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine highlighted the ongoing negative impact of the government shutdown in Virginia, and again urged House Republican leaders to re-open government, pay the nation’s bills on time and negotiate on a long term budget.

Ken Plum: Accessing state government

In my earliest years of service as a member of the House of Delegates there was no guide or directory of state programs and services.  Each constituent request that was different from previous ones resulted in an investigation to determine who was responsible for what in the area in which the constituent needed assistance.  Sometimes […]

Ken Plum: Government in the sunshine

A dark cloud passed in front of Virginia’s sunshine law when it was discovered that the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform had been meeting in small groups in secret with the Democratic members of the Commission left out of all the meetings.  The flimsy excuse offered by the Governor’s staff that the small groups were […]

WikiLeaks-Much ado

People with far more expertise in foreign policy than me have weighed in on the impact, such as there has been, of the WikiLeaks disclosures of State Department and intelligence cables. People with poltiical axes to grind have similarly weighed in on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s high-tech terrorist cred. Me, I think the guy and […]