Exciting as the latest developments are with the Open Government Dialogue,
can I briefly caution against taking our eyes off an important ball?
Today I went looking for President Obama's speech on national security
issues which he presented at the National Archives. It was a good and
Do you know what you get when you click on the
link under "Briefing Room" at Whitehouse.gov? Four speeches, the most recent
of which was in late February. The *New York Times* has the
his speech today, but Whitehouse.gov doesn't. This is basic stuff
should be on the White House Web site. Yes, there are excerpts on the blog .
As important as the Open Government Dialogue is, and Gov 2.0 (or whatever
you want to call it), let's not forget about Gov 1.0. Whitehouse.gov should
be an organized repository of current information that the public can use.
Don't let the bleeding edge stuff become a sandbox where the transparency
movement gets marginalized. Everything else is important, but we don't even
have an organized, truly informative Whitehouse.gov.
The transparency community sat by while President Obama walked away from his
pledge to post bills online for five days before signing them. It's a simple
promise - dumb even - but it was a form of transparency that real Americans
might use regularly and benefit from.
President Obama is signing more bills this week without giving them the
sunlight he promised. Do you know what's in them? Are you satisfied that
Congress' work has gotten a full public vetting? Or have you been distracted
by shiny <http://www.data.gov/> baubles <http://opengov.ideascale.com/>?