Four years ago, the coalition I lead welcomed President Obama’s pledge to hold himself and his administration to a new standard of openness. Today, I urge the president to implement early in his second term an agenda that advances that promised transparency. Openness needs to be the default position for the federal government.
The administration has made progress toward proactively releasing more information online, including on such sites as data.gov, recovery.gov and USAspending.gov. But more yet can be done toward achieving transparency. In the spirit of helping reach that objective, I offer some suggestions developed by openness and accountability groups.