Open Government


How Congress Just Improved Transparency: FOIA Reform

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. But this year, it’s extra special. This July 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom of Information Act, also known as FOIA. The bedrock transparency law essentially allows citizens to know what their government is up to. This year, we will have even more reason to celebrate. Read more >

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Communicating Science: Barriers Journalists Face at Government Agencies

, former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

Transparency invigorates a strong democracy. It inspires trust and spurs citizens to hold their leaders accountable. As citizens, we have the right to know about the scientific information shaping the policies that affect our health, our safety, and the environment, and our government has a responsibility to share this information openly. Read more >

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Next Steps On Improving Citizen Access To Government Scientific Information

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

On September 25, our new Center for Science and Democracy  held its inaugural Lewis M. Branscomb Science & Democracy Forum on “Improving Citizen Access to Government Scientific Information.” The event, which benefited from the generosity and vision of UCS member and eminent scientist Lewis M. Branscomb, was co-sponsored by the First Amendment Center in the Newseum’s spectacular seventh floor conference room, with a dazzling view of the Capitol and other Washington landmarks. Read more >

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