OK, so no one really expected the government to come out and say, "By the way, we've been hiding aliens in Nevada for 70 years and laughing at you for suggesting we were lying," right? That's not happening, but the government is officially responding to a pair of public petitions for full disclosure of any and all alien contact.
Their response, predictably, is that they know nothing. Sure, sure ...
The petitions came through We The People, a program set up by the Obama administration that promises answers to any petition that garners at least 17,000 signatures. Well, the White House just happened to receive two pretty hefty petitions requesting alien information, and together they totaled 17,000 signatures, so they decided to just go ahead and answer them both at the same time.
The first petition, with 5,387 signatures, asked the White House to "disclose to the American people the long withheld knowledge of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings." The second, with more than 12,000 signatures, basically asked for the same thing, though it also cited an unnamed opinion poll which says that "50% of the American people believe there is an extraterrestrial presence and more than 80% believe the government is not telling the truth about this phenomenon."
(Hang on, before we go any further, do those numbers sound weird to anyone else? Does that mean 30% of Americans believe that the government isn't telling the truth about having no evidence of aliens, but still believe aliens don't exist? What?)
For its official response, the White House tapped Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Here's what he had to say:
"Thank you for signing the petition asking the Obama Administration to acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth.
"The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye."
Larson then goes on to highlight a number of space exploration initiatives the government is working on right now, and acknowledges the belief of many scientists that simple statistics suggest we're not alone in the universe.
So—straightforward answer or more coverup shenanigans? Even if you thought this was never an issue to begin with, you have to admit the idea of the Cigarette Smoking Man looking over this guy's shoulder as he wrote that statement is pretty cool.