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White House Opens Doors to Petitioners

Public interest groups and concerned individuals will have a new ear at the White House.

The administration has promised to take action, including officially commenting, on petitions for government action through a new online tool.

Starting later this month, a new subsite of the White House web site,, will launch as part of an ongoing administration effort to promote online engagement.

"[I]ndividuals will be able to create and sign petitions seeking action from the federal government on a range of issues," the White House announced Thursday. "If a petition gathers enough signatures [5,000 within 30 days] White House staff will review it, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response."