Monday, October 5, 2009
The Obama administration today launched a new version of the Federal Register designed to "give the public unprecedented access to the federal decision-making process, a major goal set out by President Obama in his Open Government initiative." The new format for the Fed Reg, available at the GPO web-site, allows easier browsing, organizing, and searching. Check it out; it's quite an improvement.
At the same time, the New York Times today editorialized that the White House is proposing revisions to legislation that would "weaken protections against forcing reporters to reveal their sources." The NYT:
As president, Mr. Obama has been progressively more protective of executive powers in such sensitive areas as state secrets and detainee policy. It's time for him to recall that in winning the White House, he spoke vigorously in favor of a shield law that trusts the judiciary to settle disclosure conflicts. The latest hedging from the White House does not deliver on his promise for a new era of openness.