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ADVISORY: Building Governmental Transparency

Friday, March 19, 2010, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

WASHINGTON, DC–On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama committed his administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government." To help meet that goal, the administration has issued an Open Government Directive, a new memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act, and attorney general guidelines. The administration has also launched an expansive effort to open up data to developers, advocates, and the public via

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. The first panel 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 will discuss how recent changes to law and policy affect 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 to make a difference for the public.

Panelists will also take questions from the live and viewing audience.

If you are a member of the press, please RSVP to Jason Rahlan at

Introduction by:

Reece Rushing, Director of Government Reform, Center for American Progress

Panel 1: Developing an Open Government Plan

Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform

Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute

John Wonderlich, Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation

Moderated by:

Patrice McDermott, Director,

Panel 2: Citizen Access to Government Information

Kevin Goldberg, counsel, American Society of News Editors (ASNE)

Miriam Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

Melanie Sloan, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Melanie Pustay, Director, Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP)

Moderated by:

Patrice McDermott, Director,

Panel 3: Effects of Government Transparency on the Public

Laura Beavers, National KIDS COUNT Coordinator, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Eric Gundersen, President and co-founder, Development Seed

Moderated by:

Sean Moulton, Director of Federal Information Policy, OMB Watch.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Map & Directions

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center



To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:

Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or

Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or

Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or

Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or

Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues,, faith)
202.478.5328 or

Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.481.8142 or

Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
202.796.9706 or

TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or

Radio: Sally Tucker
202.481.8103 or