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Posted: 03/06/2018

The Sunlight Foundation
Web Integrity Project

Through monitoring changes to federal websites​, itís possible to understand how public access to public Web resources is changing and, in turn, register shifts in the governmentís stated policies and priorities. Documenting and reporting on these changes allows the public to hold our government accountable for how it presents information, as well as enabling analyses of how changes affect the public and important government functions, like notice-and-comment rulemaking. The Web Integrity Project​ (WIP) is beginning this work as a new effort within the Sunlight Foundation. We are furthering Sunlightís mission of demanding accountability and transparency from the federal government through improved digital and data governance. To do so, weíre building on our foundersí past efforts at the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) and expanding beyond documenting changes to environment, climate, and energy federal websites. Our work is separate from, but complementary to, EDGIís work, focusing on topics such as health and healthcare, civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, and others.

Website Monitoring Analyst
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until

Core roles and responsibilities:

1. Using our software to monitor key websites on a regular basis

2. Writing and vetting reports based on investigations of important identified changes

3. Helping maintain a website change tracker

There will also be opportunities for further analysis and investigation, which might include:

1. Researching and scoping agency websites for monitoring

2. Writing blog posts that provide context for particularly significant changes

3. Analyzing how changes to Web resources impact the public's capacity to benefit from or understand governance and engage in democratic processes, like notice-and-comment rulemaking

Experience, skills, and qualifications:

Experience in research or investigative work

Bachelors degree or equivalent experience

Good written and verbal communication skills

Comfort learning and using new software


Ability and willingness to work independently

Proven ability to work as a member of a team

Ability to take initiative to explore monitoring leads and additional topics for focus

How to apply
Interested in applying? Send the following to Rachel Bergman (webintegrity@sunlightfoundation.com): 1. Resume 2. Cover letter that includes at least a paragraph addressing the prompt: Discuss a situation in which you used new methodology that you hadnít in the past to write a story or conduct an analysis (for example, use of a Freedom of Information Act request, new data analysis method, new programming tool, etc.) 3. Writing sample(s) (include at least one sample for which you are the single author, but feel free to include additional samples for which you are one of multiple authors) 4. List of 2 references with contact information
Rachel Bergman
Phone: 6094683080

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