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  • Restoring Emails and Restoring Openness

    Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, gives an update on a long-running dispute over the previous Administration's emails.


  • Why an Open Government Matters

    Tuesday's release of the Open Government Directive and the Progress Report on Open Government to the American People is another milestone in the Obama Administration's unprecedented efforts to foster transparency and accessibility, and a logical extension of the American ideal of openness in government.


  • How We Have "Already Changed" Washington

    The Congressional Research Service has released a report concluding that President Obama’s historic reforms to the culture of lobbying in Washington have “already changed the relationship between lobbyists and covered executive branch officials.” We're pleased that CRS recognized a fact that is apparent every day to those of us who work in government: the president’s historic restrictions on lobbying are having a significant impact in making sure that the government serves the public interest and not special interests.


  • November Release of White House Visitor Records

    Continuing to honor its commitment to an unprecedented level of transparency in government, the Administration releases a new list of more than 1600 records of visits to the White House.


  • A Washington that is More Reflective of All of America

    Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, goes deeper into why the Administration is barring the appointment (and reappointment) of federally registered lobbyists to agency boards and commissions.


  • Transparency like you’ve never seen before

    Today marks a major milestone in government transparency--and an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure.


  • Why We Closed the Revolving Door

    Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, posts and responds to yet another letter from lobbyists complaining about the Administration's ban on lobbyists in agency advisory boards and commissions.


  • Why We Bar Lobbyists from Agency Advisory Boards and Commissions

    Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, explains the policy in response to a letter from a group of lobbyists.


  • White House Counsel Guidelines for Public Outreach Meetings


  • An Update on Waivers


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