April 30, 2009

April roundup

Here are some stories to wrap up this month's transparency news. Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to find this blog useful for transparency news and information in Nevada and across the nation.

  • Mixed grade for Gibbs from press corp. Overall? White House spokesman does something things right, others wrong.

  • Washington Times on the relaxed labor accounting rules that will harm union transparency. See our previous discussion.

  • We can put a man on the moon, but we can't list a Congress member's vote history on official government websites. Efforts are being made on third-party sites, but there is no reason this can't be done on THOMAS.

  • Cato on the broken promises on Obama's five-day waiting period.

  • Interesting post on transparency and paternalism in both the economic and political sense. Definitely worth a read.

  • Update on the Ron Sims vs. Stefan Sharkansky legal battle. As mentioned before, Sims has kept King County residents in the dark on various public projects.

  • NextGov on Obama's web presence so far. Shows promise but more needs to be done.

  • Treasury Secretary Geithner released his daily schedules from January 2007 to January 2009. Maybe not intimately related to government transparency, but does give insight into the life of a Washington/New York insider.

  • After twitter gained Oprah and Ashton Kutcher as users, who can possibly be left? Oh, that's right, the SEC. Seeing public institutions embrace new media is definitely a good thing.

  • The public's satisfaction with government websites dropped slightly during the first quarter in 2009. TechPresident blames it on the overly inflated hopes people had on Obama's ability to transform the web presence of the federal government.

  • ProPublica grades the first 100 days. The conventional wisdom seems to be that while efforts are being made, more needs to be done.

  • And finally, a trio of Senators are demanding more transparency on the TARP funds.