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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Recommended access policies for US government web sites

On June 9, the US Interagency Committee on Government Information (ICGI) publicly released its Recommended Policies and Guidelines for Federal Public Websites and submitted them to the OMB for approval.  The ICGI does not recommend open access where it is not already required by law.  But it does recommend (pp. 35-36) that government web sites "comply with necessary policies and standards to implement the E-Government Act of 2002, Section 207(e), Public Access to Electronic Information, which will be issued by December 2005."  (PS:  The E-Government Act of 2002 does require open access in many areas where it was not previously required.  One front to watch is the development of regulations to implement the act.  Another is the appropriation of funds to implement it.)