Obama Lays Out Vision For Good Governance

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2013)—Huge parts of the federal government are more efficient, transparent and accountable than at any time in U.S. history, President Barack Obama said Monday.

Mr. Obama was touting "smarter government" programs Monday at an event to highlight his vision for delivering better government services at lower taxpayer expense, citing FEMA's web and apps government data which is now available online.

Mr. Obama says progress hasn't always come quickly enough and said he says he's directing his Cabinet to create an aggressive agenda for his second term to improve government management.

He's tasking his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to direct the effort.

The initiative gives Mr. Obama a way to try to show leadership on improving government without lawmaker approval at a time when Congress is holding up many of his legislative priorities.

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