From the NY Times:
WASHINGTON â€” President Obama moved swiftly on Wednesday to impose new rules on government transparency and ethics, using his first full day in office to freeze the salaries of his senior aides, mandate new limits on lobbyists and demand that the government disclose more information.
Mr. Obama called the moves, which overturned two policies of his predecessor, â€œa clean break from business as usual.â€ Coupled with Tuesdayâ€™s Inaugural Address, which repudiated the Bush administrationâ€™s decisions on everything from science policy to fighting terrorism, the actions were another sign of the new presidentâ€™s effort to emphasize an across-the-board shift in priorities, values and tone.
â€œFor a long time now thereâ€™s been too much secrecy in this city,â€ Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for senior officials at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. He added, â€œTransparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.â€