Knight Open Government Survey: The Ship of State, She Turns Slowly…

The 2011 Knight Open Government Survey is out to kick off Sunshine Week, and it contains all kinds of interesting data. Here is the lede of the release:

On his first day in office in January 2009, President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum instructing federal agencies to “usher in a new era of open government.” In March 2010, however, the 2010 Knight Open Government Survey found that only 13 out of 90 agencies had actually made concrete changes in their FOIA procedures. The resulting national headlines sparked a new White House call to all agencies to show concrete change.

It’s worth noting that no entity in the United States has done more to assist the FOI movement than the Knight Foundation. During this Sunshine Week, they deserve our thanks, and our praise. I shudder to think where we’d be without their support.

The full release, which will take you to the really interesting full survey, is here. And below is the chart summarizing the findings.

The Knight Survey Ratings At A Glance


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