Obama has only been in office a few hours and he’s already signed two executive orders and three presidential memoranda. At this rate his pen will run dry very soon. 🙂
Those orders and memoranda cover:
- Freezing salaries of White House employees making more than $100,000 per year.
- Changes to lobbying and lobbyists.
- Lobbyists working for Obama will not be allowed to work on matters they lobbied on for the previous two years.
- Upon leaving the Obama administration, they will not be allowed to lobby the issues they worked for during the remainder of Obama’s presidency.
- In addition, the president instituted a ban on gifts by lobbyists to any member of his administration.
- Changes to the the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) making it easier to obtain information.
- Senior officials have been requested to produce an open government directive within the next 120 days.
- An order that prohibits anyone other than the president from asserting executive privilege to prevent the release of records after an administration ends.
- Agency and department heads have been directed to freeze movement on 11th-hour regulations from the Bush administration.
As of today, lobbyists will be subject to stricter limits than under any other administration in history.
Starting today, every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information but those who seek to make it known…
The mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret doesn’t mean you should always use it
Well he sure seems to be doing the right thing so far. I particularly like his directives for the lobbyists, hopefully this will see a reduction in ‘big business’ getting away with so much.
Information gleaned from several of the many sites covering this news today, specifically Government Executive which has links to copies of the actual memoranda and orders.
Hat Tip to SheriMonk for mentioning the FOIA on Twitter.
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