Office of National Drug Control Policy Celebrates the United States’ Entry into the Open Government Partnership

President Obama has made openness a high priority in his Administration, committing his Administration to an “unprecedented level of openness in Government” on his first full day in office. Since then, the Administration has:

  • Disclosed more information requested under the Freedom of Information Act;
  • Made voluminous information available on government websites; and
  • Used technology in innovative ways that harness government information to improve the lives of ordinary citizens.

As President Obama today signs the Open Government Partnership declaration, ONDCP is proud to highlight some of the ways that it has advanced America’s domestic open government agenda and created a more efficient and effective government through greater transparency, participation, and collaboration.
 
In the last eight months, ONDCP has:

  1. Released three data sets and developed an internal process for identifying additional data sets for public release.  In support of Data.gov, ONDCP has revised the internal procedure for preparing data for release and is working towards additional, regular releases of data in machine-readable formats.
  2. Created centralized online resources on the Agency’s top priorities, including the National Drug Control Strategy, prescription drug abuse, drugged driving, and prevention, as well as a page outlining ways to partner with ONDCP.
  3. Conducted a series of external consultations and developed an online feedback form in order to facilitate direct communication with ONDCP leadership and provide opportunities for feedback on ongoing initiatives.
  4. Launched a new website that provides plain language information on prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement initiatives. By revising and updating the website, interested citizens are now able to easily access the Administration’s policies, learn about ongoing programs, and sign-up for email updates that include opportunities to partner with the Agency.

An open and good government is much more than releasing information.  It is about harnessing the skills and talents of the American people, establishing greater collaboration among Federal agencies, and ensuring that the taxpayer’s money is wisely spent.
 
To that end, today, ONDCP is recommitting itself to the principles that the President announced on his first day in office and exemplified in our work since then. We are currently updating and enhancing the Agency’s Open Gov Plan.  The updated plan will be made available on this website.

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