Early in his presidential campaign, Obama laid out his plans to increase government transparency and openness, promising online access to federal data and the ability for citizens to participate in government forums and offer suggestions on pending legislation.
But there is a long way to go to end years of government secrecy and provide meaningful information and opportunities for public participation.
Join us, along with print, broadcast and online news media, technology experts, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and individuals to raise awareness and demand a change to the status quo.
Several important measures before Congress would create more openness and sorely-needed accountability—from protecting whistleblowers to ensuring that hard-won Freedom of Information Act reforms are fully implemented:
1. Protecting the rights of federal government whistleblowers by strengthening the Whistleblower Protection Act to ensure we’ll be warned if our stimulus and other taxpayer dollars are being misspent.
2. Bring the Senate into the 21st Century and pass S. 482, which provides for electronic disclosure and prompt Internet searchability of Senate campaign contributions.
3. Persuade Congress to change its rules to require that non-emergency legislation and confidence reports be posted on the internet at least 72 hours before debate begins.
Please take a minute to personalize the letter below and ask your members of Congress to return sunlight to our nation.