Govini Founder Eric Gillespie Appointed to Obama Administration’s FOIA Advisory Committee

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High-Tech Expert in Private Sector Use of Public Data to Co-Chair the Proactive Disclosure Subcommittee

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I look forward to contributing a technology entrepreneur’s perspective to modernizing FOIA, and to furthering civic discourse

Eric Gillespie, Founder and CEO of Govini and an expert in transparency in government, has been appointed to the newly formed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee.

The federal government has worked to ensure global support for Open Government principles to promote transparency, fight corruption, energize civic engagement and leverage new technologies in order to strengthen the foundations of freedom in our own nation and abroad. In support of these principles, it launched the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) — a set of 26 commitments that have increased public integrity, enhanced public access to information, improved management of public resources, and given the public a more active voice in the policy making process. As defined by NAP, the FOIA Advisory Committee fulfills part of the Administration’s objective to foster dialogue between the Administration and the requester community, solicit public comments, and develop consensus recommendations for redefining FOIA administration and proactive disclosures.

“Using technology to make government information and processes more open and transparent has been a driving force in my career,” Gillespie said. “It is a great honor to participate on the FOIA Advisory Committee with such an esteemed group. I look forward to contributing a technology entrepreneur’s perspective to modernizing FOIA, and to furthering civic discourse.”

At Govini, Gillespie leads a team that uses big data and analytics to provide unique insights into the vast government marketplace. Formerly Gillespie was Senior Vice President of Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to state and local government procurement. Prior to Onvia, he founded The Patent Board, the leading provider of standardized intellectual property data and patent analytics. Gillespie also held senior positions at IBM, Scient and CSC. As an expert in the private sector's use of public sector data, he has testified before the U.S. Congress on matters of government transparency, data and public sector technology.

About Govini:
Govini creates proprietary analytics from big data in the public sector. Critical challenges such as competitive analyses, market sizing and partner profiling are accomplished by harmonizing data from thousands of federal, state and municipal entities. Govini’s business intelligence tools give businesses in every industry a distinct advantage when working with the government.


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