Good Government on WhiteHouse.gov
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Today, we launched a new section on WhiteHouse.gov that is dedicated to good government. WhiteHouse.gov/GoodGovernment is your central portal to tools and data that connect citizens to their government and improve their everyday lives, as well as Presidential Actions that promote open, transparent and accountable government.
You'll find useful tools and data from across the administration all in one place. Here, you can:
- Browse the names of everyone who visits the White House: Having released over 1,000,000 names to date, the White House provides records of visitors on an ongoing basis online.
- Report suspected incidents of improper spending: PaymentAccuracy.gov gives taxpayers a way to join the fight against improper spending by reporting suspected incidents of fraud, waste, and abuse.
- See what’s on the President’s and Vice President’s calendar: Check out the President’s and Vice President’s daily public schedules, subscribe to updates, and even add their events to your own calendar.
- Review each agency’s Open Government Plan: Following the President’s Open Government Directive, agencies implemented ambitious Open Government Plans, utilizing new technologies to connect citizens to their government.
You can also review Presidential Actions that call for more open and accountable government:
- Shutting the "Revolving Door": President Obama has taken historic steps to close the "revolving door" that carries special interest influence in and out of the government.
- Mandating Federal Agencies Disclose Data: A Presidential Memorandum mandates an Open Government Directive directing specific actions to achieve transparency, openness, and engagement.
- Making the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) put citizens first: The President’s Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act directs that it be administered with a presumption of disclosure, not one of non-disclosure.
- Making classification a two-way street: For the first time, no records may remain classified indefinitely. An executive order on Classified National Security Information makes major changes to address the problem of over-classification and public access to formerly classified records.
Sunshine Week, the national initiative that focuses on transparency and open government, is a particularly apt time to unveil a site that highlights successes from across the executive branch. The administration's efforts to promote open and accountable government are on-going. Moving forward, the good government site will be a useful resource to everyone interested in how, and how far, the administration is changing the way Washington works and improving citizens' everyday lives.