The William S. Cohen Papers Forum 2010: The Promise and Problems of Transparency began with the archivist's discovery of financial disclosure statements in the papers of former United States Representative, Senator, and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. In looking more closely, it became obvious that the statements were not from private files, but prepared for Cohen's public statements on the Congressional floor and to be included in the Congressional Record. Further research revealed that, with certain exceptions, Cohen was an early and consistent advocate of transparency.
Beginning with this base, a day-long program has been developed to host several prominent academics, representatives of government agencies, policy centers, journalists, and documentary filmmakers to speak to ways in which a mandate of increased transparency--whether official or unofficial--has impacted their disciplines. There is no cost to attend. The full schedule is included on the website.
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