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Three Quarters Of Obama Advisory Meetings Are Made Secret

Federal advisory committees have become a core part of the federal government, guiding the work of many offices within the Executive Branch. Something like a thousand federal advisory committees exist, influencing governmental activities in a huge number of fields, such as agriculture, education, military affairs, public lands, scientific research and economic development.

What are these federal advisory committees doing? For the most part, it’s impossible to tell. Though they’re directing work done by what’s supposed to be our representative government, a large majority of these committees are operating in secret. According to a Secrecy Report Card just released, 73 percent of federal advisory committee meetings last year were closed to the public. Additional subcommittee and working group meetings were not even disclosed – so no one can tell how many such secret meetings took place.

That’s not the open government that candidate Obama promised us.

4 comments to Three Quarters Of Obama Advisory Meetings Are Made Secret

  • deep thinker

    If you want to keep your dress clean, then you better hold it high….

  • Tom

    How’s that transparency goin’ for us now? Like “hope and change” i think it’s been left behind as campaign rhetoric. Obama is blowing his chance to be a really great president by not following his progressive base and doing the right thing by the middle class, the anti-war people and those of us who voted for him to restore the Constitution (that he vowed, like Bush, to uphold) to its central place in our democracy. Our nation is now under being led by corporate lobbyists pulling Obama’s strings, getting their agenda of keeping the ownership class in power at the expense of everyone else. [People thought the Republicans had it right, years back, complaining about “welfare queeens” – this corporate/Wall Street/Fed welfare is orders of magnitude worse).

    • I agree, Tom. Barack Obama has been a thorough disappointment. He’s had over a year and a half now to get things done, and instead, Obama has resisted doing the right thing, and blocked other Democrats from enacting the progressive agenda Americans voted for in 2008.

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