Sunlight has previously criticized the Obama administration for failing to live up to the president's promises of transparency, with executive director Ellen Miller telling Hillicon that 2010 was a "tremendously disappointing" year for the transparency community in March.
Wonderlich suggested the disappointment was the result of a failure of execution and follow-through.
"We should remember that Presidential rhetoric and bureaucratic commitments are not the same thing as results, especially as even more administration work happens through broad, plan-making executive actions and plans," he said.
"Transparency proclamations are valuable, but the path to transparent government runs through a thousand fights over information. The [Open Government Directive] may have moved the default slightly towards openness, but it doesn't win those fights alone."