Obama's change.gov Website Answers Most Popular Questions
President-elect Barack Obama's transition team website, change.gov, allows citizens to post questions to the incoming team, and vote on what questions they'd like to have answered first.
Obama's team has put up the first five questions that have been answered, as well as opening up the entire website to the creative commons license, allowing anyone to post information from the site for free, without permission.
Q: "Will you lift the ban on Stem Cell research in your first 100 days in office?" James_M, Nashville, TN
A: President-elect Obama is a strong supporter of Federal funding for responsible stem cell research and he has pledged to reverse President Bush's restrictions.
Q: "What will you do to establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of the Wall Street bailout money?" Diane, New Jersey
A: President-elect Barack Obama does not believe an economic crisis is an excuse for wasteful and unnecessary spending. As our economic team works with congressional leadership to put together a plan, we will put in place reforms to ensure that your money in invested well. We will also bring Americans back into government by amending executive orders to ensure that communications about regulatory policymaking between persons outside government and all White House staff are disclosed to the public. In addition all appointees who lead the executive branch departments and rulemaking agencies will be required to conduct the significant business of the agency in public so that every citizen can see in person or watch on the Internet these debates.
In the last few days, President-elect Barack Obama's transition team took a significant stride toward a more open government by licensing the content of Change.gov under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Since the question page was opened, over 20,000 people cast almost a million votes on a variety of questions.
Over 20,000 people cast nearly 1,000,000 votes on questions posed by the community, the transition team says. Overall, a little more than 10,000 questions were voted up or down and ranked by visitors to the site.
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