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Obama pledges openness in government November 10, 2008

Posted by Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Annoucements, Commentary.
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President-elect Obama plans to open up government to the sunshine that’s been missing for the past eight years. He’s going to use technology to allow access to records in all corners of the government.

In particular, he has pledged to protect scientific information from the political interference suffered during the Bush administration.

To achieve openness, the president-elect suggests appointing a Chief Technology Officer to “ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies, and services for the 21st century.”  Among other sunshine measures, he proposes creating online databases of information about lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance; online reporting of corporate tax breaks; and posting of non-emergency legislation for five days on the White House website so that the public can see it and comment.

Above all, the president-elect will nullify the Bush executive order stifling release of presidential records.

To follow up on plans for open government via technology, go to: http://www.change.gov/agenda/technology and http://www.change.gov/agenda/ethics.  For more on the integrity of science, go to www. ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/solutions/big_picture_solutions.