Has the Obama Administration lived up to its promise to be “the most transparent administration in history”?

In time for Sunshine Week, the Center for Effective Government has issued this report on how the Obama Adminsitration is doing in meeting its pledge to be "the most transparent administration in history." According to the Center, there's good and bad. Here's a synopsis:

The Obama administration has dedicated more effort to strengthening
government transparency than previous administrations. The president
entered office offering a grand vision for more open and participatory
government, and this administration used its first term to construct a
policy foundation that can make that vision a reality, issuing an
impressive number of directives, executive orders, plans, and other
actions aimed at bolstering government openness. With the notable,
glaring exception of national security, the open government policy
platform the Obama administration built is strong. However, the actual
implementation of open government policies within federal agencies has
been inconsistent and, in some agencies, weak.

The Center makes 10 recommendations to improve government transparency, as follows:

Create agency environments that support open government

  1. The administration should assign a senior official in the White
    House to oversee the implementation of open government policies and
    ensure that individual has the authority to carry out the attendant
    responsibilities of implementation.
  2. Agency heads should develop and make public implementation plans for
    key open government policies and assign a senior official the
    responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the agency plan.
    Additionally, the interagency Open Government Working Group should serve
    as a central forum to explore ways to improve overall implementation of
    open government policies.

Congress should play a more active role in supporting
open government practices by passing    legislation to codify open
government reforms, such as the DATA Act and reforms of FOIA and
declassification. Relevant committees should improve oversight of
current open government policies and implementation. Transparency needs
to be established by law.

Improve the accessibility and reliability of public information

  1. Agencies should modernize their IT systems to create and manage
    information digitally, and the administration should establish benchmark
    requirements for electronic records that all agencies must achieve over
    the next four years.
  2. The administration should launch an aggressive effort to improve
    agency compliance with its guidance on fulfilling Freedom of Information
    Act (FOIA) requests – speeding up processing, reducing backlogs, and
    increasing disclosure. The Justice Department should work with agencies
    to avoid FOIA litigation whenever possible and argue positions that are
    consistent with the president’s transparency principles when in court.
  3. The administration should make proactive disclosure of public
    information the norm and establish minimum standards for disclosure that
    all agencies should adhere to, such as releasing communications with
    Congress and posting FOIA request logs. Additionally, agencies should
    continue to expand the datasets posted online and release inventories of
    data holdings.

Reduce national security secrecy

  1. The administration should establish a White House steering committee
    on classification reform, initiate an oversight review of agency
    classification guides, and pursue policy and statutory reforms to
    streamline the declassification process.
  2. The administration should revise its state secrets policy to require
    independent court reviews of secret evidence and work with Congress to
    permanently reform the state secrets privilege through legislation.
    Additionally, the Department of Justice should issue a public report on
    Inspector General investigations into complaints of wrongdoing that were
    dismissed because of state secret claims.
  3. The Justice Department should renounce the use of criminal
    prosecution for media leaks and protect the First Amendment rights of
  4. The administration should order an end to secret legal opinions,
    memos, and directives that are used to shield controversial decisions
    from oversight and legal challenge.

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