Transparency and the Obama Presidency: Looking Back and Looking Forward


The Advisory Committee on Transparency will host an event on transparency in President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday, December 3 at 2:00 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2237.

When President Obama took office in 2009 he pledged to lead the most transparent administration in history. During his first term, he issued the Open Government Directive, set a new course for FOIA, and led the creation of the Open Government Partnership. At the same time, many observers have criticized the administration for lacking openness or failure to follow through in a number of important areas.

We are pleased to host a panel discussion on the evolving norms and behaviors of the Obama administration toward transparency. A panel of experts will explain how the transparency landscape has changed over the past four years. They will also look ahead at prospects for further advances and possible impediments to future progress in the Obama administration’s second term. Panelists:

  • Anne Weismann: Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Hudson Hollister: Executive Director, the Data Transparency Coalition
  • Josh Gerstein (Invited): White House Reporter, POLITICO
  • Moderator Daniel Schuman: Policy Counsel at the Sunlight Foundation and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP to

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