Call it the Edward Snowden effect. Each year, a coalition of 80 groups under the umbrella OpentheGovernment.org tries to assess the level of government secrecy. It looks at the official data, like the number of national security letters, open-records requests and backlogs. Patrice McDermott is the coalition’s executive director. She says Snowden’s revelations about National Security Agency surveillance have changed how the groups see those data points.
Taking a cue from Kanye West, the Obama Administration is promising that HealthCare.gov will become better, faster, stronger. President Obama acknowledges the stakes are high. But if the administration can’t get that website right, how many people will give up on buying health insurance? The Hill’s Justin Sink has been following the trials and tribulations of HealthCare.gov.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.