So far, despite a lot of promises made, Team Obama has only partially delivered on promises to deliver extraordinary transparency to the public. One can only wonder at the various reasons for lack of implementation, but a thorough review shows they are achieving mixed results at best (POLITICO used the term "murky"). Still, most would agree they are certainly off to a better start than the previous administration, but that's not saying much.
The President's supporters and opponents - all of us - should keep the pressure on. If there's anything that does need to change in Washington, it's the longstanding tradition of government officials mistrusting the public, even though we pay for ever last thing they are doing. The lack of transparency must come to an end, and if Obama delivers on his rhetoric, we'll all be much the better for it.
An excellent synopsis from today's POLITICO:
Exposing Bush era terror policies: B-
Day to day White House activities: C+
Stimulus money tracking website: B-
Bank bailout money disclosure: D
Freedom of Information Act re-invigoration: B
Public regulation process: B+
Press freedom and access: C+
More here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20388_Page2.html
Despite a slight majority of the grades being B, I'd say the failure to move on disclosing what has happened with bailout money is a tremendous blow to any measure of transparency so I average things out at a C.