Government

February 4, 2016

QER (Quadrennial Energy Review) Public Stakeholder Meeting

Join U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, for a public meeting on the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use. Attend in D.C. or watch live.

When Can FBI Spy on Journalists? That's Classified

Some journalists may remember the outrage back in 2014 about the Justice Department spying on journalists. And they may even remember Attorney General Eric Holder's promise to go straight and stop doing it — via new guidelines. But Trevor Timm, writing as a columnist in the Columbia Journalism Review, tells another chapter in the story.

House Passes FOIA Bill; What Will Senate Do?

A similar bill almost became law in 2014, and chances of the current bill being enacted seem good. But the possibility of a last-minute derailment, especially in an election year, remains. To complicate matters, journalism and open government groups found problems with a last-minute "carve-out" for intelligence inserted at the behest of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

"Paiute Indians Assert Legacy on Occupied Wildlife Refuge Land"

"BURNS, Ore. — Hundreds of residents crammed into a building at the Harney County Fairgrounds here on Wednesday night, far surpassing the capacity of the rows of brown metal folding chairs set up on a concrete floor, to talk in often deeply emotional terms about their community — and just who should be in charge of its destiny."

Source: NY Times, 01/08/2016

J-Groups Meet with WH Press Secretary, Seek More Openness

Representatives of a coalition of 53 journalism groups met December 15, 2015, with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The groups, including SEJ and Society of Professional Journalists, have complained about agency press offices obstructing reporters' access to officials and information.

Read the Reports Congress Doesn't Want You To Read

Here are some reports of possible interest to environmental journalists from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Congress does not release them to the public, but the Union of Concerned Scientists' Government Secrecy Project does.

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