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Guide To Government Blogs – U.S., WA, Puget Sound

by April 7th, 2011

The parent non-profit organization of our blog and its Public Data Ferret project is called Public Eye Northwest (PEN). PEN’s mission is foster the growth of digital civic literacy, voluntary government transparency and constructive engagement. As part of this effort, we’ve created government Web information resource guides for King County (local and regional), Snohomish County, Pierce County, the State of Washington and the U.S. government. We’re continually pruning and adding to the these compendiums, and using them to mine high-value news and data from government which is shared with readers here and at the site of our news partner The Seattle Times.

Now we’re adding this new resource page with links to selected blogs from the federal government, the state of Washington, and local and regional governments in Washington state. We’re focusing on government blogs in those jurisdictions that make an extra effort to objectively inform, add value and deepen understanding. We’re less interested in government blogs which primarily accent basic announcements, re-purposed press releases, partisan spin or legislative advocacy. Got any government blog suggestions within King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties, Washington state or the “öther Washington?” Send links to matt (at) publiceyenorthwest (dot) org.

Here’s what we’ve got so far.


Agency For International Development, Impact blog,
Centers For Disease Control, Safe Health Care
Census Bureau, Random Samplings
Census Bureau, Director’s Blog
Congressional Budget Office, Director’s Blog
Consumer Product Safety Commission, On Safety
Department of Defense, Armed With Science
Department of Energy, Energy Blog
Federal Bureau of Investigation, News Blog
Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Business Center
Food and Drug Administration, FDA Transparency Blog
Millenium Change Corporation, From The CEO
Millennium Change Corporation, Poverty Reduction
National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Science Blog
Postal Service Inspector General, Pushing The Envelope
State Department, DipNote
Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point


TVW, The Capitol Record
Washington State Attorney General, All Consuming
Washington State Department of Ecology, EcoConnect
Washington Department of Financial Institutions, Money Talks
Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Nailed: A Fraud Prevention And Compliance Blog
Washington State Department of Licensing, DoL Blog
Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Ear To The Ground
Washington State Department of Transportation, WSDOT Blog
Washington Insurance Commissioner, Washington Insurance Blog
Washington Sec. of State, “From Our Corner


Solid Waste Division, Tom Watson’s EcoConsumer Blog

Snohomish County Local & Regional Governments

by November 27th, 2010

On this resource page for community-based information providers, bloggers and journalists, we will be providing direct links to board meeting agenda pages of city councils, school boards and other local and regional governments in Snohomish County, Wash. They are divided into three categories.

  • Meeting agenda packets available online, with separate links attached for individual items (best for transparency and reporting)
  • Full text of all items provided online in one large agenda packet, but no separate links attached to agenda for individual items
  • No meeting agenda packets available online.