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    Congress Should Require White House Disclosure of Updated Economic and Budget Forecasts

    The White House announced this morning that it would be delaying release of updated financial and economic forecasts until the middle of August. In other words, its usual mid-July update of key forecasts for policy makers will not be published in time for expected House and Senate votes on health … More

    Obama's Broken Transparency Promise: Government Motors Edition

    Despite his many promises to the contrary, President Barack Obama has repeatedly failed to bring transparency to the federal government. That failure now continues with the Obama administration’s nationalization of General Motors. The Detroit Free Press reports: A day after filing for a bankruptcy reorganization that will be largely financed … More

    Let’s Have a Transparent Defense Debate

    This afternoon, the Department of Defense will conduct detailed briefs on the FY 2010 defense budget request. While much of what Secretary Gates’ has proposed for the military budget in FY 2010 and in the coming years has already been made public, today’s proceedings should provide a much clearer picture. … More

    End the Defense Budget Gag Order

    Last month the Washington Post reported that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates required senior defense officials throughout the department to sign non-disclosure on defense budget deliberations. Today Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-04) along with other House Armed Services Subcommittee Ranking Members sent a letter to Secretary Gates calling this policy a … More

    A Picture Perfect Double Standard

    ABC News, May 5, 2009: The White House is keeping a tight grip on photos from last week’s botched Air Force One promotional photo op over Lower Manhattan. At a press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dodged reporters’ questions about last week’s photo-op, which cost over $328,000 … More

    Obama Enables Union Corruption

    In August of 2008, the president of the largest SEIU local in the country, former-Los Angeles local member Tyrone Freeman, resigned after the Los Angeles Times revealed that Freeman fleeced his fellow union members — who make about $9 an hour caring for the infirm and disabled — of over $1 … More

    Did President Obama Attend the Alliance of Civilizations Forum or Not?

    Over the past month, the press in predominantly Muslim countries was abuzz that President Barack Obama was scheduled to attend the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum during his recent visit to Turkey. The AoC is an attempt by the U.N. to quell perceived tensions between Muslim and Western nations … More

    Obama Breaks Transparency Promise Again

    Before President Barack Obama took office he promised to: not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. In just his first week in the White House, Obama broke this promise twice signing both Lilly … More

    Welcome to Sunshine Week

    The Heritage Foundation has long had a strong commitment to transparency in government, and hopes all of you participate in the American Society of Newspaper Editors‘ Sunshine Week. ASNE describes the project: Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, … More

    Let Us Read the Bill

    Continuing their fabulous work fighting for transparency in government, The Sunlight Foundation‘s Nancy Watzman has a series of posts up this week asking that Congress afford the American public a mere 72 hours to read legislation before they take it up for consideration. Her first post recounts how terribly President … More