Print 7/8/02
Grassley Suggests Disclosure of Corporate Tax Returns (Update1)
By Ryan J. Donmoyer
Washington, July 8 (Bloomberg) -- The top Republican on the Senate Finance
Committee is suggesting the government release corporate tax returns to the 
public, a
step to calm investors that would reverse decades of taxpayer privacy laws.
Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said a company's tax returns would provide a 
picture of its financial health to shareholders and regulators if they can be 
made public without compromising trade secrets or interfering with tax 

Federal Computer Week 7/8/02
FBI hot on records management case
by William Matthews
For most of its 94-year history, records management at the FBI was as basic as
paper documents stashed in a cardboard box and stuffed under an agent's desk. 
William Hooton intends to change that.
Hooton, who helped introduce digital imaging to the Internal Revenue Service 
in the 1970s and to the National Archives and Records Administration in the 
1980s, was hired in March to bring modern electronic records management to 
the FBI. His mission, he said, is to move the FBI "from the era of Hoover to 
the modern age."

The Wall Street Journal 7/9/02
How Outdated Filing Hampers FBI Effort to Fight Terrorism
WASHINGTON -- On a day last month when her boss, FBI Director Robert Mueller, 
was telling Congress about the agency's crippling computer problems, office 
assistant Alice Liberto offered a case study of just how antiquated the 
system is.
To open a file on a bank robbery here, Ms. Liberto filled out an initial 
incident report in neat longhand, got out a manila binder and inserted the 
form using a two-hole punch. From her desktop computer, she roused the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation's aging mainframe and got a number assigned 
to the new case. She wrote the number on the folder, got a supervisor's 
signature, then filed it in a long white cabinet with scores of other recent 
bank jobs.,,SB1026164881307136720,00.html

Press of Atlantic City 7/8/02
Public records law goes on books
By MICHAEL DIAMOND and JOHN FROONJIAN Special Reports Unit, (609) 272-
You have more power today than you did yesterday.
A new state law greatly expanding the public's right to government 
information goes
into effect today.
The Open Public Records Act lets people view and copy all government 
including electronic records, unless the law specifically exempts the record. 
Under the
1963 law, records were public only if a law required them to be maintained.

Courier Post 7/8/02
Clerks say they're ready for open records law
Gannett State Bureau
Kathy Vigilante, the city clerk in South Amboy, doesn't know what to expect.
The keeper of all official records for the compact Middlesex County 
municipality of almost 8,000, Vigilante doubts a crowd will line up in front 
of the brick City Hall on Broadway, with requests for government documents in 
hand. But then, given the sweeping changes to New Jersey's public access law, 
who knows? Either way, she's ready.

The Ledger 7/8/02
City to Update Computer Systems

Sun-Herald 7/8/02
Venice clerk heads state group
story=tp9ew10.htm 7/9/02
Pa. updates open records law

AP 7/9/02
Auditor says 'virtual audits' could save Mississippi money
Bryant wants to replace traditional paper documents
The Associated Press
JACKSON - State Auditor Phil Bryant says the state could save untold money 
and work
hours by using electronic data, instead of traditional paper documents, to 
counties' spending records.

Richmond Times Dispatch 7/10/02
Gilmore papers feared destroyed
Call concerns state librarian
The state librarian fears the Gilmore administration may have destroyed 
records that should be available to the public.
In their escalating dispute over missing official papers, Librarian of 
Virginia Nolan T. Yelich told former Gov. Jim Gilmore archivists learned - 
apparently unintentionally - of the possible destruction of official papers 
shortly before Gilmore left office six months ago.

Wall Street Journal 7/10/02
IRS Leans on KPMG, BDO Seidman To Compel Tax-Shelter Disclosures,,SB1026246470858253320,00.html

The Philadelphia Inquirer 7/10/02
McGreevey shuts door on access to records
His order shields his own documents and those of 15 state agencies. A new law 
provided for public access.
By Kaitlin Gurney
Inquirer Suburban Staff
Just two days after New Jersey's groundbreaking public records law took 
effect, Gov. McGreevey signed an executive order that limits access to his 
office and the 15 state agencies he oversees.

AP 7/10/02
Lawyers: R.I. Officials Shredded Files
By RICHARD LEWIS, Associated Press Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Attorneys for the former manufacturers of lead paint 
accused state officials Wednesday of shredding documents tied to the state's 
lawsuit against the paint companies.

New York Times 7/11/02
Sept. 11 Tape Heard in Secret in Fire Inquiry
Amid concern about the scope and depth of an inquiry by the Fire Department 
into its Sept. 11 response, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that 
fire officials would immediately listen to taped radio transmissions among 
firefighters at the World Trade Center that were discovered five or six 
months ago but never played.
At the same time, the mayor found no fault with the department for not 
listening to the tape, even though the consultant retained to examine the 
department's performance has already completed a draft report on its response 
that day.

Dayton Daily News 7/12/02
Fire erupts in national archives records facility
No serious damage to materials
By Angelle Haney
Dayton Daily News
MORAINE | A fire Thursday that started on the roof of a federal records 
center quickly became a two- and then three-alarm call, more from the 
contents of the building than from the seriousness of the blaze.

The Daily Star 7/12/02
Judge: Kyle's papers open records

AP 7/12/02
Germany OKs Opening of Spy Files
BERLIN (AP) - Parliament gave final approval Friday to a hotly disputed law
granting researchers and journalists access to the East German spy files of
prominent public figures, overturning legislation passed to protect former
Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Conservatives tried unsuccessfully to block the legislation at its final 
hurdle in the
upper house. The new law effectively overturns a federal court ruling in 
favor which said a public figure had to give permission for release of files 
kept by
the communist-era Stasi secret police.

New York Times 7/13/02
Ruling Favors Limited Access to 9/11 Data
federal judge, acknowledging national security concerns, ruled yesterday that 
the government should have a say in what is turned over to the families that 
have sued airlines, security firms, and others in the aftermath of the Sept. 
11 terror attacks.
The judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein of Federal District Court in Manhattan, 
ordered a temporary halt to the progress of the lawsuits until the government 
and lawyers for the families come up with a way to screen information and 
satisfy the government's concerns that sensitive material is not disclosed.

AP 7/13/02
Fla. Caseworker Charged in Abuse Case

Washington Post 7/13/02
Outed by the IRS for Asking
Simon, Winnick Among Those Seeking Tax Shelter Advice
By Jonathan Weisman
The Internal Revenue Service stirred up concerns yesterday over political 
meddling and
taxpayer abuse by identifying hundreds of people, including the Republican 
candidate for governor of California, who sought advice on tax shelters that 
the government says may be illegal.
The unusual disclosures came in court papers filed this week to back up an 
IRS lawsuit
against the accounting firm KPMG LLP. The Justice Department, on behalf of 
the IRS,
filed suit Tuesday, seeking thousands of KPMG documents, which the government 
to use to prove that the firm is peddling illegal tax shelters.

Lawrence Journal-World 7/13/02
Decision opens more records on parolees
The Associated Press
Topeka — The Department of Corrections must make more records about parolees 
available to the public, the state's highest court ruled Friday.

Orlando Sentinel 7/13/02
Court upholds law that bars access to photos
By Ludmilla Lelis 
DAYTONA BEACH -- An appeals court on Friday upheld a state law passed after 
Dale Earnhardt's death that restricts access to autopsy photos, bringing the 
debate between the right to privacy and the public's right to see government 
records one step closer to the Florida Supreme Court.
A three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach 
ruled the law is constitutional and that it prevents the Independent Florida 
Alligator from viewing Earnhardt's autopsy photos, even though the 
student-run newspaper made its request before the law was passed.


Houston Chronicle 7/13/02
Tapping into stink over SlimHouston
Keeping up with the kaleidoscope of fiscal controversies at City Hall can be 
Consider the current furor over a $9.5 million contract for a computer 
software program called SimHouston developed by Internet Access Technologies.
IAT won the contract just last month, when eight city council members voted 
for it. Now, both the city's Office of Inspector General and the Harris 
County District Attorney's Governmental Affairs Bureau are putting it under 
magnifying glasses. The OIG's assignment involves examination of contract 
negotiations. The DA wants to find out whether the city broke any laws.

Houston Chronicle 7/14/02
Access to Social Security files granted only after legal battle
Starting in 2000, the Social Security Administration said it was unable to 
tell the Houston Chronicle how often each of the agency's Houston-area judges 
granted disability benefits to the sick or injured.
The statistics "are not maintained for individual administrative law judges," 
an official wrote. 
That was true -- to a degree. But a series of requests and legal arguments by 
the Chronicle eventually unearthed the raw data that yielded the answers. An 
embargo of almost two decades was broken.

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