Whatever your take on the Obama administration, it has undeniably created a lot of web sites. Enough, in fact, that the White House has launched a new portal to help you find your way to all those other sites.
The portal, www.whitehouse.gov/goodgovernment, debuted yesterday and is billed as an online path “to tools and data that connect citizens to their government and improve their everyday lives.”
On it, you can easily find all your old favorites: White House visitor logs, the IT Dashboard, and data.gov, along with new offerings like FOIA.gov. It also includes the public schedules for both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, salary information for White House staffers and other treats.
At least for the moment, though, you won’t find any mention of the fact–documented in reports by watchdog organizations inside government and out–that executive branch agencies are regularly failing to live up to Obama’s accountability and transparency goals.
Still, it’s a start. And since the site includes the memos and executive orders outlining those goals, perhaps agency chiefs and other administration officials will surf it every now and then for a reminder that they’re supposed to be meeting a higher standard.