Sep
20

Sen. Warner requests update on Data Act financial transparency tools

From: Augusta Free Press

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) followed up on his request to more than three-dozen federal agencies to provide Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act implementation plans, and requested updated plans from the agencies.

The DATA Act is the 2014 bipartisan federal financial management and transparency legislation authored by Warner and signed into law, which has been described as the most significant open-government initiative since the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 and is the nation’s first open data law.

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Sep
14

Mitch Daniels: Washington’s Wake-Up Call

From: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Mitch Daniels is the president of Purdue University, a former governor of Indiana, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an op-ed featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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When today’s young Americans learn the extent of the debt burden we have left them, they will legitimately question the premises of self-government. When tomorrow’s older Americans finally understand how they have been misled about the nature and the reliability of our fundamental social welfare programs, it may be the last straw breaking the public confidence on which democracy itself depends.

Sep
12

Obama Announces Nominee for Chairman at ACUS

From: Administrative Conference of the United States

Submitted by Abigail Price

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2016 – President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Matthew L. Wiener as Chairman at the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Wiener has been serving as the executive director at the agency since 2012.  As Chairman, he will be responsible for leading the Conference, whose mission is to promote improvements in the efficiency, adequacy, and fairness of the procedures by which federal agencies conduct regulatory programs, administer grants and benefits, and perform related governmental functions.

Sep
07

Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications

From: National Law Review

The 2016 Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS) will be held September 7-9, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. Each GSRS meeting focuses on an area of regulatory science that would benefit from discussions aimed at identifying future research directions, and this GSRS meeting will focus on nanotechnology standards and applications, building on an October 11, 2015, GSRS workshop.  The 2015 workshop focused on physico-chemical measurements and standards relevant to nanomaterials in the “pristine state” and in complex matrices. This meeting will expand on that focus to include both physico-chemical and biological measurements and standards for specific applications, namely nanomaterial-containing drugs, medical devices, food and food contact materials, and personal care products.  The goals of the meeting are to: