Open Government

Open government received a big boost last week -- at least according to Obama administration officials who launched new web initiatives.

Government Inc. applauds anything that gives us all a better look inside.

"On his first full day in office, President Obama issued his first executive order directing federal officials to come up with ideas for making government information more visible and accessible to the public within 120 days," said a story by our Post colleague Kim Hart.

"Today -- the 120th day since the edict -- the White House is rolling out a host of online initiatives intended to foster more dialogue and collaboration between citizens and bureaucrats.

"The launch includes the debut of a site called Data.gov, where agencies will post data that can be culled by Web developers to make new Web and cellphone applications. Also starting today, the WhiteHouse.gov homepage will become a repository for citizen suggestions and discussion regarding new open-government policies."

Check it out. Let us know if the light they're offering is bright enough.


By Robert O'Harrow |  May 26, 2009; 2:17 PM ET
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