Platts Weighs in on Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Report
10/17/2006WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Government Management, Finance, and Accountability Subcommittee Chairman Todd Russell Platts released the following statement on the release of a report by the Attorney General to examine the implementation of Executive Order 13392, Improving Agency Disclosure of Information: “Improving the operational aspects of the Freedom of ...more»
House Subcommittee Passes Bill to Strengthen FOIA
9/27/2006WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Government Management, Finance, and Accountability Subcommittee today approved H.R. 867, the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in Our National Government Act of 2005 (“OPEN Government Act”). This legislation would amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to close loopholes in the law, help requesters obtain more ...more»
House Government Reform Subcommittee to Consider Freedom of Information Act Bill
9/26/2006Subcommittee Chaired by Platts Continues to Advocate for a More Open and Accessible Government What: Subcommittee Business Meeting to mark up H.R. 867 - The OPEN Government Act When: Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 2:00 p.m. Where: Room 2247 Rayburn House Office Building The House Government Management, Finance, and Accountability Subcommittee will ...more»
House Education Subcommittee Holds Hearing September 27th on Davis-Platts In-Home Parent Education and Family Support Legislation
9/26/2006Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., the U.S. House Education Reform Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Perspectives on Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs” in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing will examine the Education Begins at Home Act (H.R. ...more»
House Votes to Stop Tax Increases, Keep the Economy Moving
A basic principle of economics is: If you want more of something, tax it less. If you want less of something, tax it more. This self-evident principle is the reason why increasing taxes on savings, investment, and job creation is not good public policy. Since the United States economy Read full editorial»»
Statement Regarding the Investigation of Former Congressman Mark Foley
10/2/2006 “I firmly believe that all public servants have an enhanced responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards. The improper communications between Congressman Mark Foley and former House Congressional pages is an appalling breach of trust. His resignation was justified and the FBI’s investigation into this incident has begun.
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House Subcommittee Passage of the OPEN Government Act
9/27/2006 Today we meet to mark up H.R. 867, the OPEN Government Act, which makes improvements to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA was signed into law in July 1966 – over 40 years ago. Enacted after 11 years of debate, FOIA established a statutory right of public access to executive branch information. FOIA provides that any person has a right to obtain Federal agency records. Originally, the Act included nine categories of information protected from disclosure, and Congress has added additional exemptions over time.
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