Recommended Titles and Treatises

Who needs to know?: the state of public access to federal government information

by Patrice McDermott. Bernan Press. 1st edition. 2008.
292 pages.

Patrice McDermott, the author of this book and director of OpenTheGovernment.org is a leading expert on federal government information and privacy policy issues. An avowed advocate of open government, the author examines the history and development of open government laws and the current state of openness in the post 9/11 era. Of special interest is her discussion of the problems of access presented by agencies increasingly designating material “sensitive but unclassified” to hide information rather than disclose it. Additionally, the author decries the public’s inability to gain access to scientific studies resulting from public funding.

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