A stunning lack of self-awareness from the most secretive White House in anyone’s memory. Does this clown really expect to be taken seriously?
The federal government is working “to modernize our Freedom of Information Act process” and improve transparency, President Obama said Wednesday, though his administration has itself often faced criticism on disclosure and press freedom.
Speaking at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, the president said the U.S. would “lead by example” with a series of new initiatives to promote open government.
That will include the launch next year of a revamped USAspending.gov, an online portal that allows taxpayers to see where the government is spending its money. The government is also examining ways to make it easier to request information through FOIA requests, and change health law regulations that would allow more advanced medical research while still protecting patient privacy.
Let’s hope they test that website before launching it. Oh, and speaking of taxpayers, where are Lois Lerner’s emails?
“Open and honest collaboration with citizens and civil society over the long term, however uncomfortable it is, makes countries stronger,” Obama said.
Oh, OK. So where were you the night of September 11, 2012?
“We need to do more to ensure transparency and accountability in industries that can be especially vulnerable to corruption,” Obama said.