Accountability Data, Remixed: White House Launches Ethics.gov
Source: Tech President
The White House today announced Ethics.gov, a portal the Obama administration is using to consolidate seven sets of data related to elections or influence all in one place.
Ethics.gov redirects to a subdomain of Data.gov, the administration's open data portal. On that page, the White House has pulled together sets it acknowledges were already publicly available — White House visitor logs, Office of Government Ethics travel report, Lobbying Disclosure Act data, Department of Justice Foreign Agent Registration Act data, Federal Election Commission individual contribution reports, and FEC candidate and commitee reports — to be accessible through its Socrata-powered portal.
The Sunlight Foundation's John Wonderlich* writes, "... the President is acknowledging the role of public oversight, and asserting that the President has a responsibility to create meaningful online disclosure of ethics and influence information. That's a new role for the President, and one we're glad to see the White House struggling through, especially because it's a role Sunlight has tried to play as much as possible."
It's unclear if the administration intends to update these datasets as new releases become available. FEC data is updated on one schedule, visitor logs another and lobbying data on yet another, for example.