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For Democrats, changing politics in Washington means ensuring that government is open, transparent, and responsive to the needs of the people. President Obama has implemented the most sweeping ethics and transparency requirements in history, building on steps taken by Democrats to limit the influence of special interests and ensure that government is accountable to the people.

Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing. We are committed to creating the most open, transparent, and accountable government in history. In the past few years, Democrats have taken steps to:

  • Bring unprecedented accountability to federal spending;
  • Rein in the influence of lobbyists in Washington;
  • Shut down the "revolving door" that allowed lobbyists to move freely from government to special interests and back;
  • Open more lines of communication with the American public; and
  • Increase cooperation across all levels of government, as well as with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector.
Recent Updates
  • We the People

    The last nine words in the First Amendment of the Constitution give every citizen of the United States the freedom to petition our government.

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  • President Obama and Vice President Biden Launch Campaign to Cut Waste

    In a video today, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the Campaign to Cut Waste, an initiative to identify and eliminate needless spending by the federal government. This campaign aims to ensure that your tax dollars are not being wasted and that the federal government is operating as efficiently as possible.

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  • Your Tax Receipt – See How Your Tax Dollars are Spent

    With Tax Day only a few days away (April 18th this year), the White House released a brand new online tool that tells Americans where their tax dollars go. From foreign aid to public education to veterans’ benefits, this dynamic online calculator tells you how your dollars are spent.

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  • Freedom of Information in the 21st Century

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama promised a 21st century government, one that is "open and competent." Alongside new initiatives, a piece of legislation that has been opening up government for decades is the Freedom of Information Act (1966). Now, the law has a new home at

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Recent Action
Eliminating wasteful government spending
Congress unanimously passed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, a bill aimed at cutting waste, fraud and abuse due to improper payments by federal government agencies.
Setting new standards for government transparency
President Obama signed a Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) directing the Attorney General to release new guidelines for greater transparency in the processing of FOIA requests.