In a meeting with his senior staff today, President Barack Obama signed executive orders that re-opened the federal government to more transparency. In doing so, Obama reversed many of former President George W. Bush’s edicts that cloaked federal agencies and himself in secrecy.

“The old rules
 said that if there was a defensible argument for not disclosing
 something to the American people, then it should not be disclosed. That 
era is now over. Starting today, every agency and department should 
know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek 
to withhold information but those who seek to make it known.

Read the full transcript of the meeting, in which Obama also announces salary freezes for some senior staff. obamastaffaddress