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Government needs standards for information it puts online

Posted: April 7, 2011 | Tags: FOIA, Freedom of Information, Rep. Steve Israel, Sunlight Foundation

The future of efforts to make the federal government more transparent and access to federal information easier is a bit muddy at the moment, to say the least.

Funding for such sites as data.gov and usaspending.gov would be wiped out or sharply curtailed under some of the budget proposals being considered in Congress.

But access to information online would be greatly expanded under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Israel and Tester introduced the legislation last year, but it went nowhere. Its key requirement is that all publicly ...

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