Jennifer LaFleur was ProPublica's director of computer-assisted reporting (CAR). She was also the CAR editor starting in 2003 for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the investigative team. She has directed CAR at the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was IREâs first training director. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. Ms. LaFleur is the co-author of IREâs Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide.
Agencies that should be leading the charge on transparency are among the weakest, an audit of open government plans says. Among the weakest plans, according to the audit, were Justice, which coordinates Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reporting and training, and the OMB, which issued the directive requiring transparency plans.
This month a government Web site listed companies that hadn't filed required reports on their stimulus money. Now a watchdog agency says that dozens of those companies should not have been on the list.
The government has listed as "two-time losers" stimulus recipients who didn't file reports. But some of the listed "losers" did file the reports. The list is intended to embarrass the recipients of money who didn't do the paperwork.
Under a directive from the White House's Office of Management and Budget, federal departments and agencies were to have created open-government Web pages by last Saturday. A few stragglers didn't make it.
Despite the Obama administration's push for more openness in the federal government, a report says the White House has agreed to extend a deadline for intelligence agencies to review millions of documents that were scheduled to be declassified this year.
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