Ask leaders of Washington’s thriving community of transparency advocates what most needs to be done in 2013 and they enthusiastically offer multiple proposals for making government more accountable and accessible.
But ask what they expect to be achieved to improve government transparency in the months ahead and the enthusiasm vanishes, according to an informal survey by The Washington Examiner’sWatchdog Team.
The key player is likely to be President Obama, who could bring about some positive reforms this year, according to several of those interviewed.
But other transparency advocates told theExaminer that Obama’s spotty first-term record on transparency concerns makes such progress unlikely.
Among Obama’s first acts as president in 2009 was promising “the most honest and transparent administration in history.” Then Attorney General Eric Holder told agencies to implement a lengthy list of procedural improvements for the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Mark Tapscott.