Sunshine Week 2011 Webcast – The Road Forward on Open Government, Panel 1

The day after his inauguration, President Barack Obama committed his administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." During this Sunshine Week event transparency experts from inside and outside government discuss how far the administration's efforts have moved us, two years into the effort, to that goal. Panelists assess progress from both a policy and a technical standpoint, and what more we can and should expect the administration to do to meet its goal.

The event was broadcast live from the Center for American Progress.



David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, discusses NARA's wide-ranging role in open government


Steven P. Croley, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses what the Administration sees as it's main accomplishments to date in opening the federals government and what else they intend to do to increase transparency.


Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch, wrapped up the first panel presentations by discussing the importance of open government, reviewing recent reports on the Administration's efforts to increase transparency, and decribing what else the government should be doing.


Panelists answered questions from the moderator and the remote audience on the topics of improving electronic record management and creating standards for open government.

Panelists answer questions on the implications of cloud computing and how agencies are expected to do more with less funding from the audience at the Center for American Progress.

Sunshine Week 2011 Webcast is brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for American Progress, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch,, Project On Government Oversight, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation.


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