In a period of rest today, I took some time to read the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. Here’s a bit from the Democrats:
Open, Accountable, and Ethical Government
In Barack Obamaâ€™s Administration, we will open up the doors of democracy. We will use technology to make government more transparent, accountable, and inclusive. Rather than obstruct peopleâ€™s use of the Freedom of Information Act, we will require that agencies conduct significant business in public and release all relevant information unless an agency reasonably foresees harm to a protected interest.
We will lift the veil of secret deals in Washington by publishing searchable, online information about federal grants, contracts, earmarks, loans, and lobbyist contacts with government officials. We will make government data available online and will have an online video archive of significant agency meetings. We will put all non-emergency bills that Congress has passed online for five days, to allow the American public to review and comment on them before they are signed into law. We will require Cabinet officials to have periodic national online town hall meetings to discuss issues before their agencies.
It will be interesting to track the new media side of things here.
Here’s a slice from the Republican platform on Government Work
Improving the Work of Government
Modern management of the federal government is long overdue. The expected retirement over the next ten years of more than 40 percent of the federal workforce, and 60 percent of its managers, presents a rare opportunity: a chance to gradually shrink the size of government while using technology to increase its effectiveness and reshape the way agencies do business.
Each agency must be able to pass a financial audit and set annual targets for improving efficiency with fewer resources. Civil service managers should be given incentives for more effective leadership, including protection against the current guilty-until-proven-innocent grievance procedures which disgruntled employees use against them to thwart reform. Due process cannot excuse bad behavior.
We will provide Internet transparency in all federal contracting as a necessary step in combating cost overruns. We will draw on the expertise of todayâ€™s successful managers and entrepreneurs in the private sector, like the â€œdollar-a-yearâ€ businesspeople who answered their countryâ€™s call during the Second World War, to build real-world competence and accountability into government procurement and operations.
Both documents reflect Obama and McCain pretty closely.
Interactive lobbyist web pages! This could be fun.