In remarks promoting his new education plan, President Obama encouraged educators "not only to expand effective after-school programs, but to rethink the school day to incorporate more time -- whether during the summer or through expanded-day programs for children who need it."
To reach the goals set in his $3.6 trillion budget blueprint, the Washington Post reported, Obama "will need to hire tens of thousands of new federal government workers." While the Office of Management and Budget called hiring estimates premature and promised not to "bloat bureaucracy," outside organizations' predictions range from 100,000 to 260,000 people added to the federal ranks.
Working with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Obama in 2007 helped to pass "Google for Government," a law mandating a user-friendly database tracking federal spending for the public to follow. Yet little more than a year after taking office, the Obama administration has yet to produce such a database of special-interest tax breaks for public disclosure.