Open Gov Hub piloted this study visit for representatives from local municipalities across Albania to learn how to make their government more open, accountable, and responsive to their citizens. The goals of this program were to facilitate peer learning between the mayors, DC area municipalities, and global leaders in the opengov field. The Albanian Mayors also took part in an Introduction to Open Government training curriculum that the Open Gov hub is developing.
Reposted from CitizenVox.org and written by Shanna Devine of Public Citizen.
This year’s Sunshine Week and its “Right to Know” mantra may take on a new significance for the federal workforce. Whistleblowers, the eyes and ears to abuses of power that betray the public trust, have a right and need to know how to safely report illegal behavior on the part of the government. In a climate in which the truth is increasingly difficult to discern amid obfuscation of the facts and unparalleled censorship, government employees are uniquely positioned to shed light on what takes place behind the Trump administration’s closed doors. In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
This February we had some interesting events on post-Brexit Britain, the importance of journalistic collaboration, and how audit institutions can help curtail corruption.
Check out our event calendar to see what we have coming up for the rest of March.
On February 28, the Open Gov Hub organize a special panel event entitled, How Can Supreme Audit Institutions Help Curtail Corruption? The purpose was to compare and learn about how different Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) - the highest government oversight bodies - and other independent oversight institutions play a key role in combating various forms of corruption in different countries.