Documents/PPTGRC

Publication Practices for Transparent Government: Rating the Congress

Performance_Report

End: 2011-09-23, Publication: 2011-10-14

Source: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/congress-on-transparency-needs-improvement/

How well can the Internet access data about Congress' work? In consultation with transparency experts, the Cato Institute's director of information policy studies, Jim Harper, rated how Congress publishes key legislative data in terms of authoritative sourcing, availability, machine-discoverability, and machine-readability.

These criteria envision a world where there is one authoritative source for each category of information. Unfortunately, today's congressional data are published by a lot of sources that have grown up haphazardly. There might even be some sources we don't know about. Future grades will undoubtedly reflect improvements in what researchers, reporters, websites, and the public at large can see and use, aided by their computers.

Submitter:

Name:Owen Ambur

Email:Owen.Ambur@verizon.net

Organization:

Name:CATO Institute

Acronym:CATO

Stakeholder(s):

  • Jim Harper
    • Director of Information Policy Studies (Performer)
    • Performance Rater (Performer)Rate how Congress publishes key legislative data in terms of authoritative sourcing, availability, machine-discoverability, and machine-readability.