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 Committee’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 ahoward@sunlightfoundation.com.

Additional Information:
Congressional Transparency CaucusJoin the Open House Project