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A 56-Page Report Card on Obama's Openness

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

How open a presidency is Obama's really? It's a debate that has heated up of late, and the good government group OMB Watch is out today with a contribution, in the form of a sizable report assessing where things stand at the half-way point of Obama's first term. The report, written by OMB Watch's Sean Moulton and Gavin Baker, breaks down the wide-ranging topic into more digestible parts, focusing on national security and secrecy, the usability of government information, and creating an environment for transparency. In a release, OMB Watch's founder and executive director Gary Bass praises the administration's "strong commitment to openness." Some weekend reading for you.

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