Tune into the webcast tomorrow to see me present w Bill Bradley and Vivek Kundra



The Hon. Former Senator
Bill Bradley
White House CIO
Vivek Kundra
Texas Comptroller
Susan Combs
LBJ School
Gary Chapman

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, a landmark law that has ever since changed how citizens can learn about their government.

President Barack Obama's "Day One" action, on January 21, 2009, emphasized his commitment to open and free government information, spelled out in his Freedom of Information Act Memorandum, the very first order the new President issued from the White House.

On May 15, 2009, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, in co-sponsorship with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, will co-host this one-day conference with speakers and panelists interacting simultaneously, through videoconferencing, in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

The conference is sold out, but we are offering this opportunity for you to watch the webcast from the comfort of your own home or office!

Watch this video produced by students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs for an overview of the day.

The topics to be covered will include:

  • Innovations in fiscal transparency online

  • Technologies for monitoring legislation and spending

  • The "right-to-know" agenda for the 21st century

  • Innovation in the states

  • The future of "i-government"

  • Citizen participation online

  • How technologists can help

This event is meant for public sector managers and leaders, elected officials, nonprofit advocates, technologists and developers, and citizens interested in transforming government with new online tools.


8:30-8:45   The Hon. Former Senator Bill Bradley

8:45 - 9:30 Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, White House Office of Management and Budget

9:30-10:15 Susan Combs, Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:00 Panel on Texas and transparency

  • The Hon. State Senator Kirk Watson (invited);
  • The Hon. State Representative Mark Strama (invited);
  • The Hon. former State Representative Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School of Public Affairs;
  • The Hon. former State Senator Talmadge Heflin, Texas Public Policy Foundation;
  • Fred Zipp, editor, Austin American-Statesman

12:00 to 12:30 Gary Chapman, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

12:30-1:30 Lunch provided to registered attendees. Webcast viewers, you're on your own!

1:30-2:30 Panel discussion technology and transparency in the federal government

  • Kshmendra Paul, Manager, Federal Enterprise Architecture, Office of Management and Budget;
  • Clay Johnson, Sunlight Labs;
  • John Wonderlich, Director of Policy, The Sunlight Foundation

2:30-3:15 Panel discussion on transparency and application development

  • Conor Kenny, OpenCongress/Sunlight Foundation;
  • Damien Brockmann, billhop.com;
  • Eric Gundersen, President of Development Seed

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 Silona Bonewald, founder and director of the League of Technical Voters