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White House releases open government plans

By Ed O'Keefe
Federal agencies have four months to become more open, transparent and cooperative with the public's requests for information, according to new orders issued Tuesday by the White House. The changes deliver a big victory to open government groups have long sought to transform how the government presents and shares information with the general public.

Outlined in a memo by Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, the Open Government Plan states that agencies must publish information online in a timely manner and present their data in a Web-friendly format. Agencies are also encouraged to begin posting certain sorts of information not normally revealed, instead of waiting for freedom of information requests.

Within 45 days, agencies will have to identify three high-value data sets not previously available online or in a downloadable format and register them with the government's Data.gov Web site. Depending on the data selected, the general public could soon have access to details on the sorts of rare insects collected by the Interior Department or highway statistics compiled by the Transportation Department.

Government offices with significant backlogs of FOIA request will be required to reduce them by ten percent each year.

President Obama ordered a top-to-bottom review of the government's transparency and openness efforts during his first hours as president. The orders required agencies to "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act requests and set in motion a months-long process that led to Tuesday's release.

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JakeD and gregp1, a lie is still a lie, a constitutional lawyer will surround himself with climatologists in laboratory coats for a photograph, with a baby polar bear in the foreground.
There is dishonesty within the Washington beltway and at the United Nations.

Posted by: RayOne | December 10, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

JakeD - If a question is never a lie as you claim, then I have a truthful question for you, in the same spirt that you impose on others, JUST ASNWER the question, don't elabaorate; WHEN DID YOU STOP BEATING YOUR WIFE? This is your style, and it reeks of intellectual dishonesty.

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD- If you had the name of the doctor, you would then say the doctor was a fake. The LIE is that you have no true basis for your argument; you are just a tool of the right wing conspiracy theorirists that have nothing more effective than the spreading of false rumors. LIES.

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

First, a question is NEVER a lie. Second, since registration was implemented here at WaPo, I have not seen any "fake JakeD" posts. Last, you may not think that the name of the hospital or doctor is important information, but I do.

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

WARNING - RIGHT WING FANATIC EXTREMISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC THROUGH FALSE PROPOGANDA. IGNORANT FOLLOWERS OF THESE WINGNUT CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE SPREADING LIES ON THIS WEBSITE AND ARE MASQUERADING UNDER THE PSUEDO-NAME "JakeD".

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:56 AM | Report abuse

WARNING - RIGHT WING FANATIC EXTREMISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC THROUGH FALSE PROPOGANDA. IGNORANT FOLLOWERS OF THESE WINGNUT CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE SPREADING LIES ON THIS WEBSITE AND ARE MASQUERADING UNDER THE PSUEDO-NAME "JakeD".

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:25 AM | Report abuse

JakeD - STOP YOUR LIES...

www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/jul/01/obamas-birth-certificate-final-chapter-time-we-mea/

Some on the Internet speculate that the original "long form" — which might include the hospital where he was born as well as the attending physician — might show Obama was foreign-born and ineligible to be president, but that that wouldn't show up on the "short form."

When we spoke to a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Health, she said too much was being made of the difference between the so-called "long" and "short" forms.

"They're just words," said spokeswoman Janice Okubo. "That (what was posted on the Internet) is considered a birth certificate from the state of Hawaii."

"There's only one form of birth certificate," she said, and it's been the same since the 1980s. Birth certificates evolve over the decades, she said, and there are no doubt differences between the way birth certificates looked when Obama was born and now.

Posted by: gregp1 | December 9, 2009 3:23 AM | Report abuse

How about releasing his orginal LONG FORM birth certificate too?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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