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The Ten Most Wanted Government Documents

From: Lary W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 11:04:35 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 14:15:06 -0500
Subject: The Ten Most Wanted Government Documents



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Subject: [FOI-L] Fwd: Choose the Ten Most Wanted Government Documents
From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott.nul>
Date: Fri, March 19, 2004 10:55 am
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The American Library Association, through the Washington Office,
is a member of the coalition:

www.openthegovernment.org

mentioned below.

Patrice

>Rick Blum <blumr.nul> 03/18/04 09:18PM

>What would you most want government to show the public? The
>28 secret pages of Congress' joint inquiry into intelligence
>failures leading up to 9/11? Threats to community safety posed
>by chemical plants? How the government has used Patriot Act
>powers? Or a mailing address for the nation's "spy court"?

We are looking for a few good documents. The Ten Most Wanted
government documents for 2004, to be precise. And we're inviting
the public to help.

We've talked with experts and compiled a list of documents that
government could make readily available to the public. Now we're
asking the public to rank the experts' choices and suggest other
documents for the list. So

please go to www.ombwatch.org/TenMostWanted/survey.phtml, take
the survey and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so as
well. The deadline is March 31, 2004.

The survey consists of two short parts. First, you'll have the
chance to rate documents suggested by experts and tell us which
documents you would most like government to show the public.
(Our list has 19 items. You can nominate the 20th.) Second,
we're also asking the public to identify the biggest problems
you face in getting information from government.

What will we do with your vote? After announcing the results in
April as part of the unveiling of OpenTheGovernment.org, a new
coalition that will push for more democracy and less secrecy,
we'll push government to release the documents.

So please, take a few minutes to take the survey at:

www.openthegovernment.org.

Also, please redistribute this announcement to lists you think
may be appropriate.

It's easy, it's quick, and it'll help open the government.
Thanks for your help.

Who We Are and Why We're Doing This

The Ten Most Wanted Project 2004 is being prepared by OMB Watch
and the

Center for Democracy and Technology for OpenTheGovernment.org.
OpenTheGovernment.org is a new, unprecedented coalition of over
30 organizations created to fight increased secrecy and promote
open government. The Center for Democracy and Technology
(www.cdt.org) works to promote democratic values and civil
liberties in the digital age. OMB Watch (www.ombwatch.org)
advances social justice, government accountability and citizen
participation in federal policy decisions.

If the Ten Most Wanted Project 2004 sounds familiar to you, it
should. When the Center for Democracy and Technology and OMB
Watch conducted the 10 Most Wanted survey a few years ago (in
1999), we came up with good results. At that time, the Supreme
Court did not have a web site (but Mongolia's Supreme Court
did). By the 2000 election, the new U.S.

Supreme Court Web site:

www.supremecourtus.gov

was ready to handle the heavy demand to download the Bush v.
Gore decision, allowing thousands from around the world to read
the decisions for themselves at the time that it was published.
In another victory, the government's plans to recover endangered
species were not available online. After the 10 Most Wanted
survey, resources were made available to step up the time frame
to get these important documents online.

Today, the problems are bigger, and our response will be bigger
as well. We have broadened the range of information the Ten Most
Wanted Project will cover. The Ten Most Wanted Project 2004 will
help launch a broad national coalition called
OpenTheGovernment.org to restore openness and accountability in
our government. Both OMB Watch and CDT participate in the
coalition.

So vote for the Ten Most Wanted government documents at:

www.ombwatch.org/TenMostWanted/survey.phtml

It'll help open the government.

Thanks for doing your part.

Rick Blum
OMB Watch (CFC #1308)
1742 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph 202-234-8494
F 202-234-8584
blumr.nul

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