Open government has been in the news lately — just in time for the 10th annual Sunshine Week, the nationwide week-long celebration of access to public information. Critics sometimes contrast President Obama’s soaring rhetoric with the realities of making government functionally transparent. In today’s digital, always-on age, we all expect a responsive, modern government — and we get frustrated when transparency doesn’t work the way we expect. All the more reason Congress should focus on government modernization, including supporting the new U.S. Digital Service to ensure we have a 21st century, user-focused digital government.
Despite a lack of resources, the yet untold story is that the federal government has been making progress on open government.
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Mary Beth Goodman