Transparency and Open Government
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public….
…Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge…
This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.
as referred to by David Samuels in his piece criticising Pulitzer prize winning journalists in The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/12/the-shameful-attacks…