Mar 10

Past Event

The Power of Open Government



  • On Government Transparency

    Cass Sunstein, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Government transparency makes sense because it can help restore confidence in the government, improve the delivery of services and make the government more accountable.

    Ted Gayer

  • Open Government Means Better Decisionmaking

    Cass Sunstein, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: This move to have a more open government will result in lasting improvements in the way the government makes decisions, solves problems and addresses national challenges.

    Ted Gayer

  • Public's Right to Know Ensures Government Accountability

    Cass Sunstein, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: The administration''s commitment to openness is rooted in the belief that the public''s right to know will help ensure government accountability.

    Ted Gayer


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President Obama pledged to make his administration the most open and transparent in history and signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government to make government more accountable soon after taking office. In December, the Office of Management and Budget released the Open Government Directive, instructing federal agencies to improve the quality of government information and to embrace a culture of open government. At the center of that effort is Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

On Wednesday, March 10, Brookings Co-Director of Economic Studies Ted Gayer moderated an event with Cass Sunstein. Sunstein discussed the implementation of this new initiative and addressed some of the fundamental questions facing modern government, including ways to increase participation and transparency in rulemaking and how to democratize data. He explained how his office is striving for regulation that supports fairness, equity and the role of cost-benefit analysis and behavioral economics in regulation.

After the program, Sunstein took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Keynote Address

    • Cass Sunstein

      Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House


March 10, 2010

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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