Obama administration opens up more of government

Obama administration opens up more of government

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Okay, the deal is that we now have a Federal gov't which wants to show you how things work, no interest in covering things up; ultimately, showing everyone how the sausage is made and where the money goes.

You get increased accountability and transparency when they publish stuff online in a manner that it can be searched easily.

The next step in that direction has been taken, with the publication of the Federal Register online. That's where a lot of day-to-day stuff gets published.

Check out the announcement:

Every weekday the National Archives and Records Administration
publishes the Federal Register, a detailed description of the Executive
branch’s doings, including 150 daily policy decisions of President and
Federal agencies, such as proposed and enacted changes to federal
regulations. Most Americans don’t look for it on their doorsteps in the
morning, and you don’t see a lot of people perusing it on their daily
commutes, but the Federal Register is nothing less than the "newspaper
of our democracy," providing the most comprehensive overview (80,000
pages a year!) of how federal agencies are dealing with issues ranging
from clean air and water to highway safety to science policy.

For example, Princeton's Center for Information Technology is today set to launch Fedthread.org, which allows users to annotate the Federal Register and comment in its margins. Another organization, Public.Resource.org, has created a software application that makes it simpler to search the Federal Register. And GovPulse
makes it possible to visualize the Federal Register by topic or by
location so the reader can see how particular government actions affect
different local communities.

Special credit goes to folks including Carl Malamud, long a champion of openness, and the Sunlight Foundation. (Disclaimer: I plan a minor role in the latter.)

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