Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suggestions for Drafters of Transparency Bills


Drafting legislation may be more art than science, but even the most avant garde artist considers the size of the canvas and the artwork's composition just as drafters must think through the purposes of the legislation and how circumstances may change over time. What does it take to create robust, effective transparency legislation? Here are some guidelines.

At the highest level of abstraction, I suggest drafters:
  1. Understand the context
  2. Use flexible implementation authority
  3. Create external checks on implementation
  4. Make information public by default
  5. Build in feedback loops
  6. Keep close watch on cost
  7. Watch out for tricky legislative language
  8. Figure out where to embed a program

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Open government jobs

About a month-and-a-half ago I started a Google group for open government jobs. I thought it would grow slowly, but instead we have more than 220 people and 40 job postings. Government employees, advocates, academics, and people from around the world have joined.

It's open to anyone. Just surf to this Google group and apply to join. I ask that you not use your work email if you're a government employee. Otherwise, please send job announcements and encourage others to join. I will keep the list of subscribers confidential.

If you have a job to share but are uncomfortable sending to the list, let me know and I will send it along.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Challenge

There's a meme on Facebook asking everyone to identify 10 books that have stayed with you. Here's what they are for me.