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Obama Administration Promises "Thorough Review" of USTR Policies 78

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the transparency-just-another-buzzword-so-far dept.
After all of the uproar surrounding some of the Obama administration's recent decisions, trade officials have promised a thorough review of the USTR policies regarding transparency. In an effort to ensure that the review includes all possible angles, the USTR is urging groups to make other proposals as well. "KEI is very impressed with the USTR decision to undertake a review of USTR transparency efforts. They are taking this much further than simply reviewing policies on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or recent controversies over the secrecy surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. The review offers the possibility of more transformative changes, including pro-active measures to enhance transparency, covering all aspects of USTR operations, including multilateral, plurilateral, regional, bilateral and unilateral trade policies and negotiations. We are also grateful that USTR is offering to have a continuing dialogue on this issues. KEI will offer additional suggestions on transparency to USTR, and we encourage others to do so also."
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Obama Administration Promises "Thorough Review" of USTR Policies

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  • by Phroggy (441) <slashdot3@nOSPam.phroggy.com> on Friday March 20, 2009 @06:21PM (#27274777) Homepage

    From ustr.gov [ustr.gov]:

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of over 200 people, a highly committed group of professionals who have decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. They negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade policy organizations. They also meet with governments, business groups, legislators and public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and explain the president's trade policy positions. The agency was founded in 1962 and has offices in Washington, Geneva and Brussels.

    • Thanks, I kept thinking USSR.
  • Initialisms (Score:5, Informative)

    by RockMFR (1022315) on Friday March 20, 2009 @06:22PM (#27274791)
    KEI: Knowledge Ecology International
    USTR: Office of the United States Trade Representative
    • by fm6 (162816)

      Initialism: a Wikipediaism for "acronym".

      Actually, to be precise, an initialism is an acronym which is pronounced by sounding out the letters. And I guess it must be common in some quarters, but I never heard it used until Wikipedia came along. Really not that useful a word. Wikipedians love their obscure terminology.

  • Post Effective (Score:4, Insightful)

    by retech (1228598) on Friday March 20, 2009 @06:35PM (#27274935)
    Yeah, like that thorough fucking review of the money you just gave out to AIG and BOA and all the rest?

    The review needs to come from the people. Time for a change is right... not time for the same old DC claptrap and underhanded back room deals.
    • The 'review' will take 'a few months'. Didn't Obama already spell out his policy on FOIA requests? USTR should now have the message and immediately unclassify the documents in question. This is just typical DC defer and delay tactics.

  • All the uproar? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Stiletto (12066) on Friday March 20, 2009 @06:40PM (#27274989)

    I haven't really heard much "uproar" over anything the Obama administration has done (have they actually done anything yet, really?) In fact he still seems to have a pretty high favorability rating. I admit, however, I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, so my experiences might be somewhat biased towards reality.

    • by fm6 (162816)

      Yes, POTUSBO is still very popular — probably more so than when he won the election. Doesn't mean there can't be uproar. Lots of his decisions are unpopular in certain quarters.

      Not all of it is from dittoheads. Christian conservatives are shocked to learn that "I'll listen to you" does not mean "You'll always be happy with my decisions." And all the folks who've been defending Gitmo, business-uber-alles policies, etc for 8 years aren't going to just shut up because they're out of power.

      And last but no

      • by sumdumass (711423)

        Actually, I find the republican leadership arguing that he isn't the second coming of Christ more then the spawn of Satan. I guess the opposite of one might be the other if your convinced enough.

        • by fm6 (162816)

          Anti SCoC: "The Obama administration has clearly dropped the ball by allowing AIG to pay bonuses. However we will support a bill to tax them back."

          Pro SoS: "The Obama administration's proposal to tax the AIG bonuses is just a cynical ploy to deflect attention from the question of when they learned about these bonuses."

          • by sumdumass (711423)

            Pointing out flaws and direct negligence isn't an accusation of more then that. Pointing out that when confronted with those actions, he attempts to hide from them isn't either.

            • by fm6 (162816)

              Pointing out that when confronted with those actions, he attempts to hide from them isn't either.

              They're not "pointing out" anything. They're making allegations, devoid of evidence and deliberately vague.

    • by guydmann (1313789)
      I think the article refers to this [boingboing.net] story about not releasing details of a copyright treaty in the works.
    • It's probably about the Obama apointee Timothy Geithner, secretary of US treasury, who "forced" (if you will believe Dodd, another Obama appointee) to amend the law forbidding bailed-out companies to distribute bonuses to top executives. Now, nobody is accusing Obama of anything, directly - eccept Obama himself, when he says "The buck stops with me".

      But yeah, Geithner is part of the Obama administration. Now go ahead and shout "la la la I can't hear you". Fact is, this shit did happen, and people are livid.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I admit, however, I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, so my experiences might be somewhat biased towards reality.

      If you don't listen to him, then you only know what others want you to think and feel about him... Mainly "feel".

  • Quickly! If you squint, you can make a sailboat out of all those abbreviations. And is this review as thorough as recovery.gov is transparent?

  • Make sure.. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Alyred (667815) on Friday March 20, 2009 @06:57PM (#27275159)
    ...to define all those TLAs and FLAs PDQ, or anyone reading this article summary are SOL. LOL.
  • KEI [keionline.org] is very impressed with the USTR [ustr.gov] decision to undertake a review of USTR transparency efforts. They are taking this much further than simply reviewing policies on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or recent controversies over the secrecy surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. The review offers the possibility of more transformative changes, including pro-active measures to enhance transparency, covering all aspects of USTR operations, including multilateral, plurilat
    • by Alyred (667815)

      For all intensive purposes, "whom" is no longer a word. That begs the question, "who cares?"

      "For all intents and purposes..."

  • The ABBR tag! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by coryking (104614) * on Friday March 20, 2009 @07:07PM (#27275285) Homepage Journal

    Use it dammit! If you are gonna insist on not spelling out TLA's for us, at least spell them out using the proper HTML!

    That said, it is only polite to spell out your damn acronyms. This audience knows WTF "WTF" stands for and I dont have to spell out HTML either, but KEI? Is that like "Key Enterprise Induction", "Keynan Earned Income", or "Krusty's Entertainment Industry"? Who knows!

    • by fm6 (162816)

      Testing, <abbr>testing</abbr>. Nope doesn't work. Slash strips them out.

      I know that WTF stand for Whisky Tango Foxtrot, but I don't know what it means.

      • Is itself an acronym. However, I'll take the example set by the Slashdot editors and not spell it out for you. After all, we here at Slashdot know everything already. If we needed to spell it out to you, you really should be working in a field more suitable for you--like picking lint out of driers at a laundromat.

        Now obviously you and I both know what Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stands for. Really I'm just belaboring the obvious while I kill time as the store boys order an extra-wide Top Hat. As you know, it

        • by fm6 (162816)

          Of course I know what "Whisky Tango Foxtrot" means. Somebody even wrote a book about it [amazon.com].

          I'd flame you for not getting my joke, except I have to admit the joke was pretty lame.

          • by coryking (104614) *

            Obviously you know what Wisky Tango Foxtrot means or I wouldn't have brought it up.

            "Humor", by the way, is for unprincipled fools who need acronyms spelled out for them--acronyms like "Whisky Tango Foxtrot". Jokes, too, are for the uneducated, unenlightened hordes just outside the gates of Slashdot Central.

            Where am I going with this? Obviously, *obviously*, anybody with a clue knows already. Obviously, Slashdot editors should never spell out abbreviations of any kind at any time. We here are so smart we

    • Thanks for clarifying that! I read:
      "Keep Eating It (KEI) is very impressed with the United States Transvestite Representative (USTR) decision to undertake a review of USTR transparency efforts."
      • by sumdumass (711423)

        Great, that's all we need, a transvestite dressed us in drag with clear plastic clothing while we are trying to eat diner.

  • How about if.. (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by moxley (895517)

    How about if Obama does a thorough review of all of his OWN policies, to see if they match up with all of the shit he promised he'd do when he was campaigning and the constitution...

    • How about if Obama does a thorough review of all of his OWN policies, to see if they match up with all of the shit he promised he'd do when he was campaigning and the constitution...

      .
      That's already being done. [factcheck.org]

        • No weight is applied to which promises are truly relevant. Coupled with an overall liberal slant.... again do your own fact check.

      • Viewed with a cynical eye, factcheck uses careful spin on mentioning some facts, while no actually disclosing ALL facts for the reader to peruse. I specifically noted excerpts given from enactments during the Bush administration used to deride claims that the national health record system is not new in steering treatment.

        Firstly, the 2004 legislation does not provide teeth, as it is written. The current legislative excerpt is notably absent for comparison. The FACT is that the recommendations of a money-

    • OWN (Score:3, Funny)

      by coryking (104614) *

      I'm sorry, but you didn't spell out what O.W.N. means. Does that stand for "Obama's Winning Number" or "Omaha Women's Network"?

      You are as bad as the editors here. Please define your terms before using them.

      (dare I leave off anything suggesting this isn't snark?)

  • KEI USTR FOIA ACTA... WTF

    Only stopped at this article long enough to post this... can't be bothered with indecipherable shite.

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