On Thursday, 8 March, the White House announced the launch of Ethics.gov. The site, which is actually a Community on Data.gov, brings together and makes searchable the records of seven different databases:
• White House Visitor Records
• Office of Government Ethics Travel Reports
• Lobbying Disclosure Act Data
• Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act Data
• Federal Election Commission Individual Contribution Reports
• Federal Election Commission Candidate Reports
• Federal Election Commission Committee Reports
As our colleagues at Sunlight note, this was a tricky promise to fulfill– because presidents have not before played the role of trying to bring together various sources of ethics data into a single search, to empower public oversight.
Kudos to the White House for keeping this promise and making a strong start on executive branch and candidate ethics accountability.