21st Century Government
to Cut Waste

President Obama and Vice President Biden launch the Campaign to Cut Waste, which will hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the Federal Government.

Read the executive order

President Obama has consistently made clear that he will strive to lead the most open, efficient, and accountable government in history. Over the last four years, new initiatives have increased public participation in government and improved citizens' everyday lives.

Open Government

In January 2009, the President committed to “an unprecedented level of openness in Government,” one that would “strengthen our democracy” and “promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” His commitment led to the Open Government Directive, prompting federal agencies to “institutionalize a culture of open government” and to create “an enabling policy framework for open government” that uses new technologies and forms of communication to connect citizens to their government.

View agency highlights and successes below, learn more about the Open Government Directive, and view agency progress on WhiteHouse.gov/open.

  • "My TSA," a mobile app launched by the Transportation Security Agency, gives users 24/7 access to frequently requested information and real-time operating status for U.S. airports.
  • Challenge.gov makes it easy for Federal agencies to launch challenges and for the public to share their solutions and innovations. Find challenges that interest you and solve them.
  • The Veterans Administration launched “Blue Button” – an online personal health portal that allows Veterans to download their health information to their own home computer or portable memory device and share that information with health providers or family members safely and securely. Already more than 125,000 veterans have put this program to use.

More examples of ambitious agency initiatives can be found at: http://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/open/highlights and www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovation