A unique view of 2012
Yesterday, President Obama visited Austin, Texas, to kick off his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. At Capital Factory, a local start-up incubator, he met with technology entrepreneurs and innovative companies that are helping grow our economy and create jobs by building new products and services. One of those companies, Stormpulse, uses freely available government weather data to help businesses protect themselves.
Since the first day of the Obama Administration, the Federal government has worked to make government more efficient, effective, and responsive to citizens’ needs. The Administration is committed to harnessing new technology to engage the public, disclosing information more quickly, and giving citizens a greater voice in decision-making. Today, we are proud to release a Self-Assessment Report on the many steps taken to fulfill those commitments.
During Sunshine Week, we celebrate the ways government can improve public use of government information. We recently took an important step to increase public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government, focusing on two key products of funded research: peer-reviewed scholarly publications and scientific data.
Sunshine Week is a good time to reflect on the notable steps the Administration has taken in the last year-and-a-half to fulfill its commitment to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)—a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenues, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.
Sunshine Week seeks to encourage public participation in government, and the U.S. has worked hard to expand opportunities for civic engagement. As one example of this, We the People gives the Obama Administration a way to connect with the public on the issues that matter most to them.
On Monday during Sunshine Week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of open.ny.gov, a new data transparency website that features valuable information about New York State economic development, recreation, and public services. The announcement is an important contribution to the growing “all hands on deck” effort to make government data accessible as fuel for innovation and economic growth.
During Sunshine Week 2013, the White House will highlight one initiative a day which demonstrates the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to open and accessible government. This first post focuses on progress made improving the administration of the FOIA. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."
Since taking office, President Obama has made clear that his Administration is committed to Open Government—that the Nation is made stronger by making the Federal Government accountable to citizens and by giving those citizens opportunities to participate in their government. As part of this ongoing commitment, the United States Government will publish a Self-Assessment Report this spring that outlines our progress to date on Open Government In the true spirit of Open Government—we want you to participate in the process.
These Open Government efforts are now entering a new phase, as we collaborate with other countries in the global Open Government Partnership.
Memorandum: The purpose of this Memorandum is to set out guidance for agencies to inform and facilitate the use of disclosure, specifically "smart disclosure."
Since President Obama took office, the Administration has strived to make information about how government works more accessible to the public and to solicit citizens’ participation in government decision-making.
The President’s first executive action, the Open Government Memorandum calls for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government.
An overview of 10 leading practices that emphasize the government's role as an "impatient convener" to advance the President’s Strategy for American Innovation.
An easy to understand primer about the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).
Guidance on using social media within the framework of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Guidance to help improve the public’s ability to track regulatory actions throughout their lifecycle in order to promote informed public participation.
A streamlined process for agencies to meet their obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act for voluntary, low-burden, and uncontroversial collections.
Promoting greater openness in the regulatory process by providing comprehensive electronic regulatory dockets online..
Guidance for using web measurement and customization technologies to improve the Federal Government’s services online.
Guidance for agencies using third-party websites and applications to engage with the public.
How to use disclosure and simplification to achieve regulatory objectives.
The Guidance provides a policy and legal framework for the use of prizes and challenges to promote open government, innovation, and other national priorities.
The President’s strategy identifies public sector innovation as critical to creating a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship.
Establishing an open and uniform program for managing controlled, unclassified data