House Republican: Obama not meeting public's need for transparency

Roskam said technology is a part of the public's rising expectations, in the form of public disclosures of information that details the implications of policies under consideration. He said such disclosures allow the public to judge for itself whether the government's policies are succeeding or failing.

When asked specifically about the stimulus-tracking website, which has been attacked by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and other Republicans as propaganda, Roskam said the public should be allowed to decide for itself whether the site is "pure as the driven snow" or meant to manipulate public opinion.