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Apr. 6, 2016 12:51 pm

OpenGov Foundation to recognize members of Congress working to keep government open

The inaugural Door Stop Awards (we'll explain) will be handed out April 12.

Who here is helping hold the door to government open?

(Photo by Flickr user ThatMakesThree, used under a Creative Commons license)

In the pursuit of a more transparent government, it’s important to appreciate allies on the inside.

That’s why D.C.’s OpenGov Foundation wants to “recognize some of the Members [of Congress] and staffers who have toiled in the trenches to deliver more efficient, effective and open congressional information.”

The Foundation will be doing so by presenting the inaugural Door Stop Awards for Transparency — awards meant to highlight work done quietly and out of the public eye (perhaps) that nonetheless had an important impact on government openness.

The OpenGov Foundation told Technical.ly in an email that it plans to make the awards an annual event. This year, the initiative is supported by organizations like Google, Yelp, the Sunlight Foundation, Govtrack.us and many more.

“The Door Stop Award winners didn’t just open government to the public once,” the event page declares, “they placed ‘door stops’ ensuring that government never again closes to the American people.”

And who are these key allies, you ask? All will be revealed at an awards ceremony on April 12 at the CTA Innovation House on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned.

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Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.

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