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May 25, 2007


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I'd like to see FOIA rendered obsolete. If a government record is capable of being disclosed to the public it should be published as soon as humanly possible. Public disclosure should not be an add-on feature (FOIA) of government; it should be inherent to it. It should be there at every stage of a document's life cycle.

The government mandates through legislation like Sarbanes-Oxley that corporations keep records of just about everything they do with the stipulation that that information be available instantaneously upon request. The government should be required to hold itself to the same standard. All non-secret documents and information should be online and available to everyone.

I dream of the day where I can get the minutes of a congressional hearing on-the-fly. How amazing would it be to see GAO reports the moment they're published--online?

"There's a grand difference between government secrets and politician's secrets."

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Riskable, you might be thinking of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. CRS, part of the Library of Congress, conducts research for Congress.

That research is available to the public only by request of the lawmaker. (See www.gao.gov for GAO's reports, which are searchable and downloadable.) In other words, you can request a report if you know it exists. Or you have to pay services that aggregate them. Some are available (see, e.g., www.opencrs.net), but not from CRS itself.

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