Hey, more and more, the Obama administration is willing to tell you what's going on, as opposed to a government which hides what they're doing.
Beth Noveck, deputy CTO of the open government initiative at the Office of Science and Technology spoke yesterday about a forthcoming blog which will address transparency, key to accountability.
"If we have the platforms, if we have the
technology, marry it to a process that allows people to contribute
their ideas or expertise, and marry that to laws that say it is OK, the
hope is we can actually lead to and create a more open government," she
She also mentioned a site launched earlier this month, Regulations.gov Exchange,
which asks for public comments on federal rulemaking, and said that the
Obama administration was looking for ways to get the public more
engaged in the rulemaking process, including the use of social media
tools. "There's someone who's interested in every rule," she said. "We
in Washington do not hold all the best ideas, and when we are
transparent, we need to do so in a way that allows us to hear back from
I've seen this in action myself, will learn more, and will continue to bear witness to this.