The Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and other big agencies are already soliciting comment from the public in new online venues. Now the President is about to enter a virtual “Troop Town Hall.”
As Obama explains in a video posted at townhall.militaryonesource.com, troops can submit questions online and then vote on them. Questions will be answered later by Obama or Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
“And I promise not to give all the hard ones to Gates,” Obama said on the video
Gates and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen announced in August they would virtually interact with troops and the public in a town hall on the new, improved Defense.gov Website (a recent Government Video Website of the Week)
DHS is also tapping the Web for public input, invited comments online in its quadrennial review.
The deadline for submission of comments is Sept. 25.