Public Data Expert Eric Gillespie Appointed to Obama Administration's FOIA Advisory Committee

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Government transparency expert Eric Gillespie, founder and CEO of Govini, has been appointed to the newly formed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee and will chair the subcommittee on proactive disclosure.

Intended to propose ways to improve and modernize FOIA, the advisory committee is part of the federal government's open government initiative to promote transparency, fight corruption, energize civic engagement and leverage new technologies in order to strengthen the foundations of freedom in the U.S. and abroad.

The committee, which held its inaugural meeting in late June, has 10 members from the public sector and 10 from the private sector.

"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 founded The Patent Board, the leading provider of standardized intellectual property data and patent analytics. 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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