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Upcoming Program – Policymaking for Open Government: An Assessment of the Obama Administration’s First-Year Progress

January 21, 2010

I am a panelist for a program entitled “Policymaking for Open Government: An Assessment of the Obama Administration’s First-Year Progress.”

Presenting the Administration’s perspective, and then responding to challenges posed by me and the other panelists, will be Norm Eisen, Special Assistant to the President and Special Counsel to the President.  The panel discussion will run for 90 minutes, including time for questions from the in-person and online audiences.  So, there is a chance to ask an Administration representative who works deeply on these issues your hard questions about Obama’s transparency successes and failures.

In addition to me, the panelists are Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and expert on computer-assisted investigative journalism; Ellen Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation; and Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor for the Washington Examiner.

The event will be on Thursday, January 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.  If you want to watch it in person, it will be at OMBWatch, which is located at 2040 S St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 and live on the web at the same time.

Here is the Blurb on the event:

Upon taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama pledged that his administration would be the most transparent in the history of the U.S. presidency. One year in, many Americans are wondering how far the president and his administration have come toward fulfilling that promise. This discussion will explore issues related to the transparency pledge, analyze the progress made thus far, and examine several policies that some in the open government community consider either exciting or disappointing. Panelists will also attempt to look ahead to the work needed from the Obama administration to bring the promise of a more open and accountable government to fruition.

There’s still time to RSVP for this event either online or in person. RSVP deadline: Jan. 25

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