All too often the question is asked of the current administration, what has it gotten done? Really! They are so gridlocked in each others points of view, what has actually occurred. Well, thanks to Blacks4Barack there is a HUGE list of 244 things that the President has accomplished and that the current administration is proud of. While some of these do not affect each individual directly, they do affect each of us in some manner. Here are 5 of the largest ethical changes made in the administration so far. Included will be the reasons these changes are so important to the American people as a whole.
- Ordered the White House and all federal agencies to respect the Freedom of Information Act and overturned Bush-era limits on accessibility of federal documents (2009)
Why was this so important? Because in 2001 President Bush limited the Freedom of Information Act, claiming that it was in our “National Security” to do so. This restricted access to documents of former presidents as well. It had been speculated that the information regarding the attacks on 9/11/2001 were in those Information files.
- Signed a measure strengthening registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists (2009)
Stephen Brown is spending much of his time these days in places where he can bump into one of 12 people. He lurks in hallways, lingers in committee hearings and buys his way into fundraisers.(Bloomberg Report)
Mr. Brown was lobbying for his oil company, hoping that his corporation would not end up being chopped when the SuperCommittee makes its decisions on where to cut the money from the budget that they must cut. Mr. Brown is not alone. There are 12 or more just like him. The president is absolutely committed that this practice be open to the public, and limited in nature.
- Companies and individuals who are delinquent on their taxes or owe back taxes are no longer allowed to bid for federal contracts (2009)
- Initiated the “e-Rulemaking Initiative” (in cooperation with Cornell University) to allow for online public “notice and comment” of federal laws and initiatives (2010)
- Developed the “Do Not Pay List” with data on contractors and recipients of federal funds who are deemed to be ineligible because of fraud and abuse (2010)
In announcing the memorandum, Vice President Joe Biden and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag said the federal government annually wastes billions of dollars on payments made to the wrong person or company, in the incorrect amount or for the wrong reason. And agencies frequently do not check all the available databases before making payments.
What the government is trying to avoid is paying dead people for items they will never receive.
As you can see, the complex job of the President makes it hard to see all that he has done, and is working on. Stay tuned for our next installment, Changes In Governance!
- Obama Details Open Government’s Next Phase (informationweek.com)
- A Status Report on the Administration’s Commitment to Open Government (whitehouse.gov)