Grading WhiteHouse.gov

 

The Washington Post recently did a second round of grading WhiteHouse.gov, the White House's online home.

On the positive side, "the White House's new media team earned praise for adding new features. Recently, the White House announced its presence on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. [...] In late March, WhiteHouse.gov hosted an online town hall, where, in less than 48 hours, more than 92,000 people submitted 103,978 questions and cast 3.5 million votes."

But, "on transparency, WhiteHouse.gov has yet to demonstrate any significant implementation other than reiterating that President Obama is committed to it."

The article also points out that simple things, like transcripts of speeches and daily press briefings are unavailable. While the advanced features were praised, the site scored low on providing basic information services started during the Bush administration.

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