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Daniel writes "The Congressional General Accounting Office released a report today on the Government Printing Office:Government Printing Office: Actions to Strengthen and Sustain GPO's Transformation. GAO-04-830, June 30.
Currently, only the highlights are online, but the full report should be available shortly from both GAO and GPO.Here are some of the hightlights -- Read More
An Anonymous Patron writes "Slate Reports On J. William Leonard who heads the Information Security Oversight Office, the National Archives branch that develops classification and declassification policies at the behest of the president, fretted over signs of a breakdown of the classification system for national security in a speach last month.
In his talk, given at a classification training seminar, Leonard complains that the system has lost touch with the "basics": Some agencies don't know how much information they classify; they don't know whether they're classifying more than they once did or less; they don't know whether they're classifying too much or too little; and they don't know whether they're classifying material for too long a period or too short."
Anonymous Patron shares "this story from GCN.com
Ed McCeney is on a mission. He wants records management to become a hot topic in the eyes of federal employees. Mostly, he sees their eyes glaze over at its mention...federal officials are beginning to recognize that itâ€™s crucial to every aspect of government business. And he believes the technology exists to make records management a strength for federal agencies.
Anonymous Patron sends news of an article from Federal Computer Week.
"As more federal agencies publish government information on Web sites without notifying GPO, important documents that should be indexed, catalogued and preserved for public access in the Federal Depository Library Program have instead become 'fugitive' documents, according to GPO officials."
An Anonymous Patron sends "this from the Washington Times
The Library of Congress is stepping up its effort to collect oral histories from the World War II generation because an estimated 1,000 veterans are dying every day.
The Veterans History Project started three years ago, but officials at the Library of Congress say there is a new sense of urgency to talk to veterans before memories of the war are lost forever."
Daniel writes "For the past century, the Government Printing Office (GPO) has put out uncounted thousands of reports, papers, and journals on many fields of human endevour. Researchers "in the know", policy specialists and even genealogists have gone to depository libraries to get at this information.Now GPO is working with ARL and other institutions to digitize this vast "legacy collection" promising a revolution in access. According to Superintendent of Documents Judy Russell, "GPO is conducting a survey to develop a list of priority government documents titles or series that should be among the early items to be digitized. Please review the list of candidates for digitization that have already been proposed and add other titles that you feel should be on the list. This part of the survey will close on May 21, 2004."Please take a moment to take the survey at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legacy/priorities/ if any of your patrons have EVER found a government document useful. It's one way to help put more information at their fingertips. These days we need all the help we can get!"
Pete writes "According to the Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal several hundred boxes of records from the Tommy G. Thompson administration earmarked for the Wisconsin Historical Society/ for archiving instead were mistakenly destroyed, officials said Monday.Tom Solberg, a spokesman for the state Department of Administration, confirmed that the records, which were stored at a state warehouse, were inadvertently put on the wrong truck and sent to a Green Bay paper mill, where the paper was turned into pulp. The records were supposed to go to the historical society in Madison."
Pete writes " The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that while recently under fire for how it handles public e-mails, Ozaukee County Wisconsin is now being praised by state open records advocates for its plan to develop an archive that would give public access to electronic documents.The archive's primary purpose, to store e-mails sent and received by county supervisors, is "an example of a local government trying to come up with a responsible solution to this problem" of making computer records more accessible, said Maureen McGlynn Flanagan, an assistant state attorney general."
Daniel writes "Parents Place at http://www.fcc.gov/parents/ is a recent addition from the FCC allowing parents to access the following topics:Children's TV RulesTV Programming for ChildrenTV Ratings - Y, Teen, etcTV Channel BlockingLimiting TV CommercialsObscenity/Indecency - What it is/Where to complainTelephone - 900 NumbersInternet - Children's Access - Their take on CIPAEmergency - Amber Plan (Nat'l Amber Alert System)Cable in the Classroom - Program ResourcesEducators as well as parents may find this site of interest."