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The Battle Over The Clinton Papers: On Friday, The Politico reported that the Clinton library was preparing 10,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's "daily schedules" to be released in late January, though that release could be slowed down by the review process. Clinton has chalked up delays in releasing the documents to the difficulty of processing them as opposed to any efforts on the Clintons' part to suppress them.
My friend and colleague Carlos Diaz of Evergreen College in Olympia WA has a great first post as Free Government Information's November blogger of the month.
He writes about how a few devices that were featured in Star Trek and Star Trek:TNG are now commonplace items. He also reflects on the limits of electronic government information.
If you live within driving distance of Evergreen college and have even a passing interest in government information, you should stop by and say hi to Carlos. He's one of the best govdoc librarians I know.
Open Access News: "The provision to mandate OA at the NIH is in trouble. Late Friday, just before the filing deadline, a Senator acting on behalf of the publishing lobby filed two harmful amendments, one to delete the provision and one to weaken it significantly. We thought we'd done everything and only had to wait for the Senate vote. But now we have to mobilize once more, and fast, to squash these amendments."
Here's Some Suprising News: A federal judge on Monday tossed out part of a 2001 order by President George W. Bush that lets former presidents keep some of their presidential papers secret indefinitely.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the U.S. Archivist's reliance on the executive order to delay release of the papers of former presidents is "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not in accordance with law."
After releasing a plan in August 2006 that would restructure its library system and eliminate several locations, the Environmental Protection Agency has halted further closures of the libraries in response to heavy criticism from lawmakers and advocacy groups.
Despite the concerns raised, the EPA maintains that greater access will be allowed through the online services, and that materials from closed libraries are still available.
kmccook writes "The Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney '04 campaign for official White House communications. This interim staff report provides a summary of the evidence the Committee has received to date, along with recommendations for next steps in the investigation.
Here is the Interim Report on Possible Violations of the Presidential Records Act.
A snippet from the article: "Imagine Government 2.0. Wisdom no longer flows from officialdom to the population, but is co-created with citizens. Civil servants contribute openly to Facebook groups on controversies of the day. Government websites have wiki areas where people can exchange tips about filing tax returns or claiming benefits."
"The CIA recently delivered more than 420,000 additional pages of redacted declassified electronic records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in College Park, Maryland. The declassified CIA records are hosted on the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), which is an electronic search and retrieval system. CREST now includes more than 10 million pages of records declassified under Executive Order 12958."
FCW.com News: As part of an effort to bolster online access to its documents, the National Archives and Records Administration is looking for a small business to help it improve the digitization and scanning capabilities of its Archives II site in College Park, Md.
NARA wants the contractor to supply and install new computers and the accompanying server and software. It also wants the company to train the staff on the new systems and provide maintenance for at least one year,
Good News From Fiji where $3.8million will be used to build a new complex and renovate the old National Archives.
Government archivist Setareki Tale said construction of the new complex, which started in 2005, would be completed by the end of the year.
He said the project was to ensure the proper preservation and safe custody of records held in the archive.