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BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 30 2013, a relic of President Barack Obama's first term which listed promised new directions for the federal government, is back online. It had been inaccessible for several days, prompting transparency advocates to observe that with it went a record of the Obama administration's promises on openness and to bolster protection of whistleblowers. Read More


BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 26 2013

President Barack Obama's personal brand is inextricably linked to the words "hope and change," thanks to his initial presidential campaign, so it's not surprising that open government advocates are pouncing on the removal of the contents of as a symbol of a broken promise. Read More

Government Needs Smart-sourcing, Not Crowdsourcing

BY Pete Peterson | Tuesday, March 24 2009

The prophet is having second thoughts. In comments that have received remarkably scant coverage on this side of the pond, Clay Shirky, while in London last month promoting the release of Here Comes Everybody in ... Read More

Whither the Citizen's Briefing Book?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 3 2009

This is a very brief public service announcement. Remember the "Citizen's Briefing Book" that the Obama team launched during the campaign, the one that would pull together the most highly rated ideas on ... Read More's Political Appointments: Finally Get Your Foot in the Door at the Abe Lincoln Commission

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 12 2009

Still hoping for a plum job in the executive branch? Well, has just unveiled a revamped version of the job application tool that debuted on Only this time, it seems, there's a much better ... Read More

Obama Rounds Out New Media Shop with Blog Liaison Vet

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, February 10 2009

Over on his new Plum Line blog, Greg Sargent has reported the news that the White House new media team is now one larger, with Jesse Lee joining the Obama operation as White House Online Programs Director. The somewhat ... Read More

Daily Digest: First Peeks Inside the New White House (Website)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 21 2009

While it might not have been until a few minutes after noon that Barack Obama and John Roberts got that oath of office thing sorted out, the White House New Media team was ready to go on time... Footage of Sunday's ... Read More

TIGR's Moment in the Sunlight: Noveck, Kundra, Mclaughlin Explain How Obama Transition is Using Tech to Innovate

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 19 2009

Must viewing for all techPresident and Personal Democracy Forum readers: With just hours to go before the Obama transition finishes and the new government is born, the Technology Innovation and Government Reform group ... Read More

Daily Digest: Walking the Participatory Government Walk

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 13 2009

We the Briefers: Joining the growing list of President-elect Barack Obama's experiments in interactivity is the Citizen's Briefing Book, as Nancy Scola reports. The top-rated policy ideas will, said Obama advisor ... Read More's Latest: Citizen's Briefing Book

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 12 2009

Putting together a policy briefing book for your boss is one of the toughest jobs handed to a political staffer. There's a strong desire to present him or her with the latest and best intelligence on a particular issue ... Read More