A free one-day conference on a
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, a landmark law that has ever since changed how citizens can learn about their government.
President Barack Obama's "Day One" action, on January 21, 2009, emphasized his commitment to open and free government information, spelled out in his Freedom of Information Act Memorandum, the very first order the new President issued from the White House.
The one-day conference, “Open Government on the Internet: A New Era of Transparency,” will look at these developments through the eyes of nationally prominent speakers and the participation of the audience. On May 15, 2009, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, will co-host this one-day conference with speakers and panelists interacting simultaneously, through videoconferencing, in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.
See the full program below.
The topics to be covered will include:
This event is meant for public sector managers and leaders, elected officials, nonprofit advocates, technologists and developers, and citizens interested in transforming government with new online tools.
The Day's Program
8:30-8:45: The Hon. Former Senator Bill Bradley
8:45 - 9:30: Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, White House Office of Management and Budget
9:30-10:15: Susan Combs, Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas
10:15-10:45: Coffee break
10:45-12:00: Panel on Texas and transparency: The Hon. State Senator Kirk Watson (invited); The Hon. State Representative Mark Strama (invited); The Hon. former State Representative Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School of Public Affairs; The Hon. former State Representative Talmadge Heflin, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Fred Zipp, editor, Austin American-Statesman
12:00 to 12:30: Gary Chapman, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
12:30-1:30: Lunch provided to registered attendees
1:30-2:30: Panel discussion technology and transparency in the federal government: Kshemendra Paul, Federal Chief Architect, Office of Management and Budget; Clay Johnson, Sunlight Labs; John Wonderlich, Director of Policy, The Sunlight Foundation
2:30-3:15 Panel discussion on transparency and application development:
3:15-3:30: Break – Refreshments provided
3:30-4:15: Silona Bonewald, founder and director of the League of Technical Voters