In his first day in office, President Obama signed the memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for a new era of open and accountable government.
“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government.” — President Obama, Jan. 21, 2009
In today’s increasingly digital world, it is vital that the American public has access to all appropriate federal government communications to improve transparency and increase trust. Yet, five years after the president’s commitment, the government has yet to effectively and safely create this level of openness. Given that the federal government is now the single largest producer, collector, consumer and disseminator of information in the U.S., there is no doubt that it’s time to review policies and procedures of information communication and dissemination to determine a real-time approach to information management. Continue>>>