Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is issuing Treasury notes. Well, in a manner of speaking.
The secretary is the latest in a series of administration department heads and agency executives to get bitten by the blogging bug. His blog, Treasury Notes, went live on Monday, part of a redesigned Treasury.gov website and a renewed presence for the department on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
“On his first day in office, President Obama called for increased openness, participation and collaboration between the taxpayers and their government,” Geithner wrote in his inaugural post. “That begins with greater transparency and greater access to information about government programs.”
He said the revamped Treasury website is a place where “you can easily find information published by the department and its bureaus and learn about Treasury programs.”
And, Geithner told his blog audience to expect other senior official and department staff to blog on the site as well.
Geithner joins a long list of high-level and high-profile government leaders to take up blogging.
In a ranking of the best government blogs earlier this year ExecutiveGov’s list favored – who else — chief information officers. The top three bloggers were: General Services Administration CIO Casey Coleman, then-Navy CIO Rob Carey and federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Jacob “Jack” Lew, who was recently confirmed to head OMB and started in his job a few weeks ago, didn’t waste any time before jumping into the blogging pool. His predecessor, acting Director of OMB Jeffrey Zients was a regular fixture on the OMB blog.
The redesigned Treasury site and its improved stance on social media is much needed, some say.
Last week, a report ranking organizations in and outside government on their social media IQs, said the Treasury Department was social-media “challenged” and needed to “mint additional opportunities if the department is to provide a bellwether through these uncertain times.”