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June 16, 2009


Renee Roth

As a user of government databases, I applaud the Obama Administration's creation of the regulations.gov website. I have't checked it out yet, but I am hopeful that it will streamline access to government information. One comment about public access to government information: According to regulations, it is supposed to be accessible to the public. However, this comes with a couple of caveats. The location of the information is not transparent at all. The federal government stores information for government access, not for that of the public; thus the difficulty of locating it. Second, there are gaps in available information. Information can and does disappear from websites for no particular reason. So take heart - The next time that you are trying to find a document in vain, it might not be your search strategy. Chances are, the information has "evaporated."

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