From Knoxville News Sentinel:
A year ago, President Obama and 46 other heads of state launched the Open Government Partnership, an initiative designed to increase transparency within governments around the world.
According to OpenTheGovernment.org, a watchdog group, the administration has made substantial progress in areas ranging from public participation in government to whistleblower protections for personnel. But OMBWatch noted that the administration has made little significant progress in some important areas, including efforts to modernize policies for managing public records and reduce response times for Freedom of Information Act requests. NextGov has reported previously that the administration’s claims of transparency don’t always reflect the experience of journalists, lawmakers and other citizens seeking information about government actions and activity.