Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama and Open Government

President Obama issued a memorandum on Wednesday committing the administration to more open government.  (I posted on another open-government effort by the administration here.)

Among the principles set out in the memorandum:

Government should be transparent.

Government should be participatory.

Government should be collaborative.

The memo, including these principles, of course, merely sets a tone; it doesn't create any legal rights or responsibilities.  But the memo also directs the OMB to develop recommendations for an "Open Government Directive" that will contain specific measures for agency action.  We'll post when these come out.


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