Keeping Government Beholden is a non-profit educational foundation whose goal is to teach the public how their government maintains its own records of its actions and decisions.

Our flagship project is to test compliance by twelve federal agencies of varying sizes, functions, and budgets with changing rules and regulations for record retention.  Since 2012, the federal government has embarked on a bold effort to move towards electronic, paperless records. Keeping Government Beholden will analyze if these agencies have met the aims of making records more accessible than ever before to increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

Beyond our pilot study, Keeping Government Beholden uses both FOIA and publications like the Federal Register to show how the public can better understand the government’s decision-making process.