Tweet The Transparency in Government Act of 2008 is a broad legislative effort intended to make the work of Congress and the executive branch more transparent by creating laws and regulations that would bring more information online and available to the public in a timely manner. The draft legislation is an amalgamation of bills that have already been introduced, along with new provisions. If enacted, it would create historic changes in the way the executive and legislative branches provide information to the public, and Sunlight believes it would foster a better and more complete understanding by the public of how the government works.
TITLE I - Access to Information About Members of Congress
- Sec. 101. Greater disclosure and electronic filing of personal financial information. (10 comments)
- Sec. 102. Electronic filing of and timely public access to official travel reports. (3 comments)
- Sec. 103. Electronic filing of and timely public access to gift reports. (2 comments)
- Sec. 104. Enhancing public access to information about earmarks. (14 comments)
- Sec. 105. Electronic Filing of Senate campaign finance disclosure reports. (3 comments)
- Sec. 106. Monthly Filing of FECA reports.
TITLE II - Enhancing Public Access to the Work of Congressional Committees, Legislative Information, and Votes
- Sec. 201. Posting of Committee recorded votes online in a timely manner. (4 comments)
- Sec. 202. Posting congressional committee schedules online in a timely manner. (2 comments)
- Sec. 203. Posting of other committee information. (7 comments)
- Sec. 204. Full disclosure of non-emergency legislation and amendments online 72 hours before a vote. (6 comments)
- Sec. 205. Full disclosure of conference reports, identification of new material in conference reports and openness in conference committee deliberations. (1 comment)
- Sec. 206. Electronic access to votes. (3 comments)
- Sec. 207. Creation of a legislative database. (9 comments)
- Sec. 208. Appropriation of sums to preserve congressional information. (1 comment)
TITLE III - Enhancing Public Access to Congressional Research Service Information
- Sec. 301. Availability of certain Congressional Research Service Information. (2 comments)
- Sec. 302. Method of access. (4 comments)
- Sec. 303. Implementation. (1 comment)
- Sec. 304. GAO Study.
TITLE IV - Improving Lobbyist Reporting and Disclosure of Information
- Sec. 401. Monthly filing of Lobbying Disclosure Reports. (4 comments)
- Sec. 402. Identification of officials with whom lobbying contacts are made. (1 comment)
- Sec. 403. Disclosure of support or opposition to legislation and earmark requests. (1 comment)
- Sec. 404. Monthly reports on certain contributions.
- Sec. 405. Reporting of bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists.
- Sec. 406. Reporting of lobbying activities by all persons who bundled contributions. (1 comment)
- Sec. 407. Expansion of lobbying activities to be reported where there is coordination with registered lobbyists.
- Sec. 408. Disclosure of paid advertising activities by lobbyists. (1 comment)
- TITLE V - Transparency in Federal Contracting
TITLE VI - Executive Branch Transparency
- Sec. 601. Reporting requirements and online disclosure relating to significant contacts. (1 comment)
- Sec. 602. Requirement for disclosure of Federal sponsorship of all Federal advertising or other communications. (1 comment)
- Sec. 603. Eliminating the use of pseudo-classifications to withhold public information. (1 comment)
- Sec. 604. Procedures for consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure.
- Sec. 605. Executive Order of November 1, 2001 shall have no force or effect.
- Sec. 606. Prohibition on Secret Advisory Committees (1 comment)
- TITLE VII - Strengthening FOIA
- TITLE VIII - Increasing Access to Information About Work of Inspectors General
TITLE IX - Enforcement
- Sec. 901. GAO Audits. (5 comments)