When: Friday March 19, 2010, 9:00-11:00 AM
Where: Pfau Library 4005 (Special Collections)
San Bernardino’s League of Women Voters and CSUSB’s Pfau Library are cosponsors for a site for the OpenTheGovernment.org webinar hosted at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C.
Description: On his first full day in office, President Obama committed (PDF) his Administration “to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” To help meet that goal, the Administration has issued an Open Government Directive (PDF) and a new Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act (PDF) and Attorney General Guidelines (PDF). The Administration has also launched an expansive effort to open up data to developers, advocates, and the public via Data.gov.
Join us for this three panel event to hear our panelists — transparency experts from inside and outside government– discuss these initiatives and their effect on the public. Panelists will also take questions from the live and viewing audience.
The first panel, which includes Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and John Wonderlich, Policy Director at the Sunlight Foundation, will focus on the White House’s efforts to embed transparency in the system by, in part, requiring each agency to develop an open government plan, and post open government pages.
During the second panel, our panelists, including Kevin Goldberg, American Society of News Editors (ASNE) counsel, Miriam Nisbet, Director of the new Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), Melanie Pustay, Director of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited), and Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), will discuss how recent changes to law and policy effect a citizen’s ability to request and receive information from the federal government.
During the last panel, developers and advocates will explain how they use government information like the data on Data.gov to make a difference for the public. Confirmed panelists include Laura Beavers, National KIDS COUNT Coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Eric Gundersen, President and co-founder of Development Seed. The panel will be moderated by Sean Moulton, Director of Federal Information Policy at OMB Watch. The event will also be available as a live webcast from the Center for American Progress.
We are an official webinar receiving site, so we will be able to submit questions to the panel. You may view last year’s webcast from this page [edit: video no longer available]. (Two of our site’s questions were broadcast last year.)