Obama Vows Transparency, Freezes Top Salaries

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 1:07 PM CST
President Barack Obama at the inaugural prayer service at Washington National Cathedral in Washington today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama announced today that he was freezing the salaries of top White House staff who take in more than $100,000 a year, the AP reports. “Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington,” he said. Obama is also requiring federal agencies to respond more actively to Freedom of Information requests, including the White House. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this administration,” he said.