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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Washington Post Launches "Who Runs Gov" Blog

The Washington Post has launched a new blog,
Who Runs Gov, that will be an ever-growing database
of government power-brokers containing key information
on new administration officials, lawmakers, senior Hill aides
and - ultimately- interest group and think tank experts.

According to the home page, the new site "aim[s] to be a
single-stop shop for all those interested in the people and
personalities who run the government...offering[ing] a
unique look of Washington through key players and

Unlike Wikipedia, which also contains profiles of
government officials, profile changes on Who Runs Gov
are not visible until site staff approve them. Officials are
allowed/encouraged to edit their own profiles. Also, purely
government personality profiles are more consistent and
aim to be predictable.