It wasn’t just talk.
Transition chairman John Podesta wrote a memo to the transition staff outlining the initiative, dubbed the â€œSeat at the Tableâ€ policy.
Any documents produced from meetings between the transition team and outside organizations will be posted on www.change.gov. The idea is for Americans to offer comments and suggestions. â€œThe American people deserve a â€˜seat at the table,â€™â€ Podesta wrote, according to a document obtained by Washington Wire.
Staffers are required to post all policy documents and â€œwritten policy recommendationsâ€ as well the date and time of the meetings. â€œThis scope is a floor, not a ceiling, and all staff are strongly encouraged to include additional materials,â€ Podesta wrote. Transition members have to notify the organizations of the policy before the meeting.
Long story short, no more surprises. We’ll know what’s coming down the road so we can debate the merits, find common ground and move forward quickly.
This will be the model from here on out, and regardless of what you think about Obama’s policy, we can all be thankful for this level of transparency.