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Owen Canfield Published: July 10, 2013

Who knew President Barack Obama had such a sense of humor?

Obama this week spent some time touting all the ways in which his administration has made the government “more efficient and more transparent and more accountable than ever before.”

He was talking not about the nightmare that is Obamacare, or non-answers to questions about Benghazi, or the IRS’s interest in conservative groups. Instead he was referring to mobile apps and the like that have been used by some agencies to make life a little easier for the public. Except that even those haven’t been anything to write home about, as The Associated Press noted.

The administration trimmed, from 21 pages to five, the insurance application prototype for federal health care exchanges “only after widespread griping that they were as bad as tax forms and might cause uninsured people to give up in frustration.”

In his remarks, Obama said his administration would redouble its effort to make government smarter and more accountable. So we have that to look forward to.


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