Transparency and Government

President Obama has spoken extensively on the need for transparency in our federal activities. His talk was backed up in his opening days in office as he issued a memorandum to reinforce the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This part of the CIO responsibility is never one of the key focal areas, and so it speaks volumes that President Obama has spoken and acted so early to emphasize the importance of this federal wide obligation.

In his memorandum, President Obama communicated the need to use "modern technologies" and to "act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation." President Obama also encouraged agencies to act proactively to "inform citizens about what is known and done by their Government."

Kudos to the new President for embracing this open and transparent approach to how the government communicates with the citizens. Further kudos to President Obama for embracing modern technologies for the fulfillment of this important function.

See the memorandum here.