The White House plans to release a new Web site Thursday that builds on President Obama’s pledge to have the government disclose more information to the public with easy-to-search records.
The new site’s name, Ethics.gov, appears to reinforce the administration’s emphasis on openness in government, although it is more a repository of data than a set of policies.
The public will find a user-friendly format that gives access to the records of a number of existing databases: names of White House visitors, travel vouchers of many administration officials; registered lobbyists and their reports; records for candidates who have either registered with the Federal Election Commission or appear on ballot lists prepared by state election offices; campaign donor information for contributions of more than $200.
Mark Zuckerman, deputy assistant to the president, in a post Thursday on the White House blog, called the site “one of many examples where the president has worked to forge a more open relationship between citizens and government.”
The records can now be found on other government Web sites, including USASpending.gov, Recovery.gov, Data, gov, Fec.gov and Whitehouse.gov. But the new site aims to make them easier to access in one uniform format, officials said.