Public Database of Product Safety Complaints Coming Next Year

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today to create a public database of product safety complaints. The database, which will be located at SaferProducts.gov, is scheduled to launch in March 2011.

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Three Months Later, Missing "Oil Budget" Methodology Released

The government responders to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill today released its report on the "oil budget" tool used to calculate what happened to the spilled oil. Unlike the version of the report released on Aug. 4, this one comes peer-reviewed and with methodology.

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Another Assessment Finds U.S. Among Least Transparent of Foreign Aid Donors

A new international study ranks the U.S. 25th out of 30 donors in the transparency of its foreign aid spending.

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Tell the Government to Say Cheese

Attempts to prevent citizens from recording the government have been rebuked in two recent cases.

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Lawsuit Targets Delayed Scientific Integrity Rules

A good government group this week sued the White House for records relating to the administration's long-delayed scientific integrity rules.

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International Comparison Ranks U.S. Well on Budget Transparency

A new international comparison of budget transparency ranks the U.S. among the world's leaders, but highlights some areas for improvement.

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Former NIH Director Touts Benefits of Open Federal Science

Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Harold Varmus touts the benefits of open science in a new video released for Open Access Week (Oct. 18-24, 2010).

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U.S. Scores Poorly on Transparency of Foreign Aid Spending

A new comparative study of development aid finds the U.S. among the least transparent of the world's donors.

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On Transparent Stewardship of Natural Resources, U.S. is #11

A new study of natural resource transparency in 41 countries finds the U.S. among the top countries but not leading the pack. Brazil and Norway scored the highest marks, while countries such as Russia, Colombia, and Kazakhstan also ranked higher than the U.S.

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Congress Tries to Make Bureaucrats Communicate More Clearly

Today, the Senate passed H.R. 946, the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The bill requires agencies to use plain writing when communicating with the public. The House passed the bill in March.

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