President Obama has reversed an order issued by the Bush White House which limited the flow of information to the public. And he has gone a step further, directing that there be a presumption that information is public. So that the necessity for people filing Freedom Of Information Act requests to get to the public record will be minimized.
The Bush administration limited the scope of Freedom Of Information Act Requests in the name of national security after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Obama is making it clear that as much information as possible should actually be offered to the public, disseminating it, for example, via government websites.
Imagine that. An informed public. Aware of what the people they've elected and those who are payed by their tax dollars are doing.
This directive is getting less attention than, for example, his order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. But in the long run, it probably has even larger implications.
He promised reform and openess in government. And it seems that this new president is bent on carrying out that pledge.