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Transparency In Government Act 2008 (Revised)

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Title IX - Enforcement

Sec. 901. GAO Audits.

  1. The GAO shall conduct annual audits of congressional and executive branch transparency, and shall report annually to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the House and Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in the Senate on the implementation of the provisions in this act. Specifically, the audits will address whether the congressional and executive branch information that is required to be provided to the public through the Internet is: complete, primary, timely, accessible, machine processable, non-discriminatory, non-proprietary, and license-free. The audits shall also address whether the information provided to the public under this act is produced and maintained using current standards for data publication.

  2. Definitions. In this Act:

    1. The term complete means all public data is made available. Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations.

    2. The term primary means data collected at the source, with the highest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.

    3. The term timely means data is made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.

    4. The term accessible means data is available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes.

    5. The term machine processable means data is reasonably structured to allow automated processing.

    6. The term non-discriminatory means data is available to anyone, with no requirement of registration.

    7. The term non-proprietary means data is available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control.

    8. The term license-free means data is not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark, or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security, and privilege restrictions may be allowed.