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Extra resources for Government Secrecy, Decisions Without Democracy 2nd ed (2007)
S. House of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Oversight Plan for the 110th Congress, February 7, 2007. S. S. htm 26 Information Security Oversight Office, Audit of the Withdrawal of Records from Public Access at the National Archives and Records Administration for Classification Purposes, April 26, 2006. archives. html 27 Press Release National Archives Releases Second Declassified MOU, April 17, 2006. 28 The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, Public Law 105-261.
108 Access to government information online Information technologies can be extremely powerful at providing access to government information online to facilitate the understanding of how government is working. Every Congressman, Senator and Congressional Committee and federal agency has a web site and many maintain multiple sites which provide extensive information about their activities. 32 Government Secrecy: Decisions Without Democracy Much more needs to be done, though. Government web sites are complex and often self-serving.
125 In a typical rulemaking, the agency will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register and solicit public comments for a set period. After the period, the agency will review the submissions and publish a final rule and response to the comments. The rule can be challenged in court, if it is believed that the agency created it without justification or that it failed to follow the requirements of the enabling legislation. There has been a gradual move to holding rulemakings online.