Clean Up Washington
Public Citizen, the public interest group founded by Ralph Nader, has launched Clean Up Washington, which is the “on-line face of a grassroots campaign” seeking “to rid our nation’s capital of entrenched special interest influence-peddling.” Designed to provide users with the latest news of Washington corruption, the site also provides educational materials and information on grassroots campaigns. The site offers numerous in-depth reports covering topics from lobbyist-funded travel to a campaign by wealthy individuals to repeal the estate tax. There is also the Watchdog Blog with various Public Citizen staff members contributing content. The "Tell the Press" feature allows users to quickly look up contact information for newspapers in a particular state. The fun part of the site, the "Hall of Shame," includes members of Congress and others who have been identified as particularly unethical and details of their conduct are provided.
Formerly of Caveat Research, LLC, the Daily Caveat is a daily blog by Michael Thomas which focuses on issues of interest to corporate investigators, including corporate fraud, white collar crime, and investigative research. Entries are robust and provide in-depth comments and analysis of relevant news items and events. The tone of this blog is chatty and accessible, but not irreverent. People new to this area will appreciate the blog’s well-developed links to related sites, which cover topics such as “Investigation & White Collar Crime,” and “Data Security & Competitive Intelligence.” Archives for the Daily Caveat go back to February 2005. This blog allows comments and Digg, del.icio.us, and Technorati submissions, and offers an RSS feed. The site is best viewed using Firefox or Safari.
Designed for information professionals, Docuticker (a part of ResourceShelf.com), is a daily blog offering news reports from government agencies, the U.S. military, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and other groups. Links are to free and (mostly) non-subscription based sources. Librarians and other researchers will appreciate the meaty abstracts for each document cited, and that most material is in PDF form. The blog editors do not comment on the items and there is no mechanism for reader response. This blog is syndicatable and keyword searchable, and has been published since June 2004.
Established in 2001, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) strives to assist juvenile justice systems in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders. The Center aims to be a research clearinghouse for maximizing the awareness and usefulness of new information to guide practice and policy. Visitors may find quick information regarding juvenile mental health in the "Key Issues" section. Researchers will be interested in NCMHJJ's "Publications" section, which offers PDF versions of research and program briefs, training and assessment materials, curricula, and policy reports. Practitioners will appreciate the Center's "Evidence-based Practices" section, which provides reviews, resources, and links to information and descriptions about standardized interventions and treatment across multiple research groups.
OpenTheGovernment.org is a coalition of journalists, environmentalists, labor and consumer groups, and others united out of a concern for the expanding secrecy of our local, state and federal governments. The organization is focused on making the federal government more open and accountable, strengthening public trust in government, and supporting universal democratic principles. Of interest to researchers, the site's "Resource Center" contains policy analysis and data on the U.S. Census, energy consumption, and environmental, labor, and transportation concerns. OpenTheGovernment.org also covers the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Homeland Security policies, judicial secrecy, and whistleblower protection issues. OpenTheGovernment.org issues periodic reports on open government and secrecy, including the "Secrecy Report Card" and the "Ten Most Wanted," a list of requested documents as polled by the site's visitors. The site's "Issues" section covers topics such as democracy, national security, and public trust and accountability. These issue pages provide an overview of the subject and links to further reading, with an emphasis on recent and pending policy changes.
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