Government transparency is a bipartisan issue. In the past few years alone Republicans and Democrats in Congress have worked together to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, change the way the Federal government tracks and shares spending data, and adopt new protections for whistleblowers.
These improvements have been rightly celebrated, but there is more work to be done. As the 113th Congress comes to a close, it is time to identify priorities and possibilities for next year and beyond. The task of opening up the government should continue to bring the parties together in the 114th Congress.
The Advisory Committee on Transparency is excited to serve as a forum for a panel of experts from across the political spectrum to discuss their ideas for reforms that could be instituted in the next two years.
• Dan Epstein, Executive Director, Cause of Action
• Sean Moulton, Director of Open Government Policy, Center for Effective Government
• Shanna Devine, Legislative Director, Government Accountability Project
• Rick Blum, Coordinator, Sunshine in Government Initiative
• Matt Rumsey, Policy Associate, The Sunlight Foundation