What is the purpose of the Advisory Committee on Transparency?
The Advisory Committee educates policymakers on transparency-related issues, problems, and solutions and shares ideas with members of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. It hosts events to discuss important and wide-ranging transparency policy issues with experts from a variety of backgrounds and develops educational publications and provides timely information to the public and members of Congress.
The Committee's goals include:
- Promoting transparency in all institutions of the federal government, including Congress, by making the work of government available to the public on the Internet.
- Maximizing the openness of government and participation by the people.
- Preventing and rooting out corruption and the appearance of corruption.
- Fostering improved oversight of government decisions and actions.
- Reducing opportunities for and occurrence of waste, fraud and abuse in all branches of the government.
- Developing standards for openness, transparency, and accountability.
- Providing a forum where concerns about transparency may be raised.
- Promoting the education of members of Congress and their staff on transparency-related issues.
Who is involved with the Advisory Committee on Transparency?
The Sunlight Foundation administers and funds the committee. Alex Howard serves as its Co-Director with Demand Progress counsel Daniel Schuman. The Advisory Committee on Transparency is composed of 17 organizations and individuals who possess diverse political viewpoints and bring broad-based expertise. They are:
- Emily Feltren at American Association of Law Libraries
- Daniel Epstein at Cause of Action
- Daniel Schuman at Demand Progress in Washington
- Tom Bruce at the Cornell Legal Information Institute
- Hudson Hollister at the Data Transparency Coalition
- Ginger McCall at the Electronic Privacy Information Center
- Shanna Devine at the Government Accountability Project
- Rob Bluey at the Heritage Foundation
- Jim Harper at The Cato Institution and WashingtonWatch.com
- Bert Brandenberg at Justice at Stake
- Tom Blanton at the National Security Archive
- Sean Moulton at the Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch)
- David Moore at the Participatory Politics Foundation
- Elizabeth Hempowicz at the Project On Government Oversight
- Alex Howard at the Sunlight Foundation
- Rick Blum at the Sunshine in Government Initiative
- Darrell West at The Brookings Institution
(Organizations listed for identification purposes)
Who funds the Advisory Committee on Transparency?
The Advisory Committee on Transparency is a project of the Sunlight Foundation and is separate and distinct from the Congressional Transparency Caucus, a Congressional Member Organization. It is a private-sector organization and complies with all House and Senate rules, with funding for for Advisory Committeeâ€™s online activities and publications, events, and administration provided by the Sunlight Foundation.
Who should I contact for more information?
For more information about the Advisory Committee, or to sign-up for notification of Committee events, please contact Alex Howard at 410-849-9808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.