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Obama Transparency

Despite Pledge To Reverse Bush Era Secrecy, Roadblocks, Inconsistencies An Issue For Obama

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One government agency is still trying to find correspondence for a political reporter between federal officials there and prospecti...

Obama Pledge To Improve Transparency Sees Little Progress

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two years into its pledge to improve government transparency, the Obama administration took action on fewer requests for federal re...

Common Ground for the President and New Congress: Make Government Speak Plain English to the People

Alan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Siegel

As President Obama forges ahead with a more conservative Congress, Americans are wondering whether our nation's leaders will be able to work together ...

Uncle Sam Built it, but No One Came: Why Government Can't Communicate

Alan Siegel | Posted 10.25.2010 | Politics
Alan Siegel

So how can government communicate more clearly? Follow four rules from the disciplines of psychology, sales and simplification.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

Gulf Residents Speak Out About Severe Sickness From Chemicals In The Gulf

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

"The health effects are the most frightening because everybody is sick and the doctors here don't know how to treat us. We are having a hard time finding doctors."

"Dotcom" Turns 25: My Predictions for What Comes Next

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

The first 25 years of .com have been a time of online miracles and I predict more explosive wonder ahead. The challenge will be to direct our creativity to solving our needs for more truth, more transparency, and more wisdom. READ MORE Celebrating Sen. Ted Kaufman, Accidental Leader Kaufman has emerged as one of the Senate's fiercest critics of Wall Street -- and is a shining example of what can happen if we remove money as a factor in our leaders' decision making. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna and Phil Angelides Discuss Financial Reform with Dylan Ratigan I will be on The McLaughlin Group this weekend, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift and Monica Crowley. Check your local listings for air times.

Obama and Transparency: What Happens Next?

Ellen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller

It is imperative that the onus remains on the White House to fulfill its big promises, and incumbent upon the media and we as citizens to hold them accountable for doing so. That is the best way to open government.

Jason Linkins

Treasury Touts Long-Available Derivatives Report As A Part Of Its 'New' Open Government Plan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This morning, the folks at the U.S. Treasury Department put out a press release announcing their "Open Government Plan," which they are touting as a "...

Obama State Secrets Privilege Affidavit Sounds Just Like Bush

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Attorney General Eric Holder invoked the "state secrets" privilege to quash a lawsuit alleging illegal National Security Agency spying last Frida...

Obama Hasn't Held Press Conference In Four Months

CQ Politics | Keith Koffler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For months, President Obama was like an ATM for the media, dispensing answers to questions with what seemed like just the push of a button. The presi...

Open Government Directive: Obama Moves On Transparency Promise

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner and Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Obama administration acted on a promise the president made on his first day in office -- to make government agencies more transparent,...

Congress Assists In Torture Photo Cover-Up, Lieberman At Center Of Controversy

The American Prospect | Adam Serwer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since 2003, the ACLU has been seeking torture documents through a FOIA lawsuit. In 2005, the Southern District Court of New York ordered the governmen...

Question Time: Should Obama Sell Health Care British Style?

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

It occurred to me that President Obama and congress could have saved themselves some grief in the health care debate had they experimented with the British House of Commons "Question Time."

Does Obama Have A 'Credibility Gap' On Afghanistan?

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is still working on his big decision: what to do about the Afghanistan war? On Wednesday, he held another Situation Room strate...

Obama Transparency Workshop Closed To The Public

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator who sponsored a law meant to help people with open-records requests says a government workshop on openness sho...

Senators Demand Fewer Secrets, New Transparency Standards

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's new standards for government openness have not trickled down to some agencies, where officials have used special statutes slipped into bills to skirt the Freedom of Information Act, open government advocates said Wednesday.

Efforts to strengthen the 42-year-old law "have been hampered by the increasing use of legislative exemptions that are often sneaked into legislation without debate or public scrutiny," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said.

News organizations and media groups said new legislation was needed to limit the information agencies may keep secret and for how long.

"The secrecy reflex at some agencies remains firmly in place," said Tom Curley, president and chief executive of The Associated Press. And FOIA still contains relatively weak penalties for those that don't meet their disclosure obligations, he said.

"We appreciate the change in policy direction, but the change hasn't yet reached the street," said Curley, testifying on behalf of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups.

Obama's Schooling the Bank on Transparency

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chad Dobson

Over the past five months, President Obama has made great strides in improving transparency within the USG. Mr. Zoellick and his team of experts over at the World Bank could stand to learn a thing or two from the U.S. Government.

Newsweek: Obama Closes Doors On Transparency

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last wee...

"Realizing Transparency 2.0 Through Social Media"

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark


Real Time Online Transparency

Michael Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Klein

When lobbying happens, and it is the daily grist of the government mill, the press and public are left in the dark, until if ever something leaks. The president has the power to fix this.

Private Company Creates Rival To Obama Web Site

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As critics slam the administration's website for a lack of accessible data, a private company has launched a rival -- Onvi...

Beyond Obama's Town Hall

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Local events used to be the only way for a president to hear directly from citizens, but network technology has opened up our civic possibilities. It's past time we used these tools to open up the Presidency.

Ask the President

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

Barack Obama's pledged to make his administration "the most open and transparent in history." This week we are launching a new project to continue that effort: "Ask the President."

Obama New Media Team off to a Great Start

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

The previous Administration told us they weren't interested in feedback from Americans, and followed through. The Obama team is starting from nothing, and building a team which listens to people and will act.