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Yahoo! News: The Last 100 Days: Obama’s (non)Transparency Edition

The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director Seamus Kraft on federal government transparency work left to do during The Obama Administration: “The president ran on an ambitious openness agenda of ‘transparency, public participation and collaboration.’ Eight years later, progress has been made. But it’s pretty clear that in This Town, closed still trumps open.”

Open Legal Data Expert Dr. Anne Washington Joins The OpenGov Foundation’s Board of Advisors

Dr. Washington’s Expertise Critical to Creating 21st Century Legislature that Governs Better Together

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15th, 2016) — The OpenGov Foundation’s Board of Directors today announced that Dr. Anne L. Washington— one of the world’s foremost experts on open legislative data and lawmaking systems as well as Assistant Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University— is joining The Foundation’s Board of Advisors. Dr. Washington was elected Monday to serve a one-year renewable term to provide critical advice to the foundation’s leadership and engineering teams leading the development of AssemblyWorks, the world’s first open legislative operating system, currently under development in partnership with Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza and the Chicago City Council.

“From the United States Congress to cutting edge academic research, Dr. Washington is at the center of virtually all successful legislative transformation efforts to date,” said Seamus Kraft, co-founder and Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation. “I am honored to welcome her to our advisory board; more importantly, it is a joy to call her a mentor and a friend. I can’t wait to get down to the business of building better government with her on board.”

The digital transformation of legislative bodies is often overlooked, yet it is the critical infrastructure of governance,” said Dr. Washington. “For justice to flow like water, we need to build public waterways like an open legislative system. I am thrilled to lend my expertise on open data to support this effort.”