In the age of the Internet, government is transparent only when public information is available online. The Public Online Information Act (POIA)
is legislation, introduced by Rep. Israel, that embraces a new formula
for transparency: public equals online. No longer will antiquated
government disclosure practices bury public information in
out-of-the-way offices and in outmoded formats.
requires Executive Branch agencies to publish all publicly available
information on the Internet in a timely fashion and in user-friendly
formats. It also creates an advisory committee to help develop
government-wide Internet publication policies.
(Disclaimer: Because of stuff like this, I'm on the board of Sunlight.)
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