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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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Key Components of The E-Government Act of 2001

OMB Watch's analysis of the key components of the E-Government Act of 2001

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OMB Watch Analysis of the Information Management Component of the E-Government Act of 2001

In a recent Hart-Teeter poll, respondents said greater "government accountability" was the most significant benefit that e-government could confer. This was chosen by a considerable margin, almost three times as often as was "convenient services." The second top priority according to the poll is "greater public access to information" (which is, of course, essential for greater government accountability). Majorities of adults expressed a favorable view of every e-government function tested.

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Lieberman E-Government Bill Promotes Greater Openness and Accountability

Senator Joseph Lieberman unveiled his E-Government bill on May 1. The 90-page bill is the most comprehensive piece of legislation on e-government to date and the only piece of legislation that focuses on the government's management of its information for access and accountability. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Patrice McDermott, 202-234-8494 OMB Watch commends Sen. Joseph Lieberman on the introduction of "The E-Government Act of 2001" and offers support for this bill. Congress should act quickly to pass it.

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Access to Electronic and Online Federal Court Records

A staggering amount of personal information is contained in federal court records, almost all of which is available to the public by federal law-- but relatively little of it available in electronic formats that promote greatest public accessibility, ease of use, and remote public access through online means. Locating information about, and within, the legal arena, therefore, can be a time-consuming task, requiring no small amount of digging among paper courthouse records in an attempt to piece together information to inform advocacy activity. You Get What You See(?)

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Data Mining of Voter Information

Marcia Stepanek, writes in the October 26, 2000, edition of "BusinessWeek" about some of the software tools being deployed during this campaign season that are opening up the voting process -- not to increase voter turnout, but to find out more information about voters. Internet marketers and candidates, through the use of data-mining tools, are combining individual voter records and personal commercial data to target candidates, issues, and products to specific segments of the population, potentially crossing the boundaries of individual privacy in the process.

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E-Mail Advocacy: Will It Get Heard on the Hill?

Electronic advocacy today carries some great benefits. In particular, we can now witness the breaking down of geographic boundaries as a factor in delivering messages to elected officials and policymakers. This in turn reduces the time and cost involved in sending correspondence. Newer tools now make it possible to efficiently generate a high volume of personalized, customizable, and targeted communications with relative ease.

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Testimony on the E-Government Act of 2001

The E-Government Act of 2001, S. 803, is a bill that will help the federal government move into the electronic information age. OMB Watch's Senior Policy Analyst, Dr. Patrice McDermott, addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the bill in this testimony to the Committee on Governmental Affairs.

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Online Resources for Government Information

Links to sources of Government Information.

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Resources & Research

Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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