The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks government transparency, noted in its blog on Thursday that the Change.gov website that was set up by the Obama transition team in 2008 was shut down sometime last month.
Even though the transition effectively ended when Obama took office in January 2009, the Change.gov website continued to list “the materials and agenda” laid out by the administration, according to Sunlight. But no longer.
Sunlight speculates that the reason for the disappearance of the website may have to do with the promises the administration made to protect whistleblowers, which may now be more of a liability, as it has struggled to keep its promises of transparency.
The Foundation managed to dig up what used to be on the website, thanks to Internet Archives.
Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.
No hope, no change—just a bunch of empty promises.