Wired has a great interview with the Federal Gov CIO, which actually dates back just prior to data.gov‘s launch. It’s definitely worth a read.
I firmly believe that this is the most important change that the current administration can make. The Federal government did a tail spin into secrecy over the past couple of decades, and while I believe the previous administration took this to a new height, it seems like it was part of a trend that definitely predates them. Secrecy breeds distrust in government, as well as bad decisions, as people don’t have access to all the facts.
Sunlight is definitely the best disinfectant, and nothing has quite the same power of light as the whole of the internet gazing in.