White House launches Ethics.gov

From Sunlight Foundation:

After a long wait, the White House is today launching Ethics.gov (at Explore.data.gov/ethics ), fulfilling the President's campaign promise to create a single website for searches related to executive branch ethics and influence data.


The Ethics.gov page on data.gov allows for keyword searches, displaying relevant results from a variety of different sources, and also allowing bulk downloads of the related data.

We should be clear about what this new site does and doesn't do — neither money and politics research nor executive branch oversight are going to be revolutionized by this search page — at least not yet. We'll see to what degree this new interface becomes the main destination for investigative journalists or ethics officials. That's unlikely to happen right away.

But we should also remember that this is a very new role for the White House to be playing.