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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Project Sunlight to give public access to database of who appears before state departments and agencies

Project Sunlight to give public access to database of who appears before state departments and agencies
Source: Office of the Governor

On July 26, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launching of the Project Sunlight database on the Internet at projectsunlight.ny.gov, a searchable database providing an in-depth view of the individuals and entities appearing before New York State government entities concerning non-legislative matters

Project Sunlight lists meetings between government officials and outside individuals, entities, and their internal or external representatives related to state procurement, rate-making, regulatory matters, agency-based judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings, and the adoption or repeal of rules and regulations.

Lobbying appearances related to passage of the budget or legislation are not covered by Project Sunlight, as they are already the subject of regulation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the State’s lobbying laws. .

 A Project Sunlight Policy was developed to facilitate reporting and to clarify what is and is not reported in the database:
Meetings Included in Project Sunlight:
Meetings NOT Included in Project Sunlight:
Appearances related to state procurement
Appearances for the sole purpose of requesting information
Appearances related to rate-making
Written or telephone communications
Appearances related to regulatory matters
Appearances regarding legislation or the budget, or any intergovernmental interactions
Appearances related to agency-based judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings
Appearances that are treated as confidential pursuant to federal or state law, or which, if disclosed, could endanger the life or safety of any person.
Appearances related to adoption or repeal of rules and regulations
Participation in meetings that are open to the public (and thus already reported elsewhere)

In 2007, then Attorney General Cuomo launched a Project Sunlight initiative now known as NYOpenGovernment.com to create the state’s first-ever online database of information related to campaign finance, lobbying activity, state spending, and state contracts.

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