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  • Using Citizen Engagement to Solve National Problems

    The government is working together with the public to solve national problems, and achieving amazing things across the country. This year, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is introducing the first Open Government Awards to recognize efforts by 64 member-nations, including the United States, utilizing citizen participation to improve government policies and to better serve their nations.

  • OSTP’s Own Open Government Plan

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) today released its 2014 Open Government Plan. The OSTP plan highlights three flagship efforts as well as the team’s ongoing work to embed the open government principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration into its activities.

  • Continued Progress and Plans for Open Government Data

    Building upon the Administration’s Open Data progress, and in fulfillment of the Open Data Charter, today we are excited to release the U.S. Open Data Action Plan.

  • Open Government: Public Participation – we can’t do it without you!

    Public participation in government isn’t just a cornerstone of democracy, it’s how the United States government ensures that policies and practices reflect the ideas and expertise of the American people.

  • Agencies Abuzz During Sunshine Week

    While we work year-round on open government efforts, this week we are excited to highlight achievements and progress made on open government goals.


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Open Data Policy

Guidance to better manage Federal information as an asset to make it more open, accessible, and usable by the public.

Executive Order on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

The President’s Executive Order on making Federal Government information more open and accessible to promote economic growth and government efficiency.

National Action Plan for the United States of America

These Open Government efforts are now entering a new phase, as we collaborate with other countries in the global Open Government Partnership.

Informing Consumers through Smart Disclosure

Memorandum: The purpose of this Memorandum is to set out guidance for agencies to inform and facilitate the use of disclosure, specifically "smart disclosure."

Commitment to Open Government Status Report

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 Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government

The President’s first executive action, the Open Government Memorandum calls for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government.

Open Innovation Memo

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.

The Open Government Directive

The Directive hardwires accountability, instructing every agency to open its doors and data to the American people. (also available as pdf, txt, and doc)

PRA Primer

An easy to understand primer about the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

Social Media and the PRA

Guidance on using social media within the framework of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Increasing Openness in the Rulemaking Process – Use of the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)

Guidance to help improve the public’s ability to track regulatory actions throughout their lifecycle in order to promote informed public participation.

Paperwork Reduction Act - Generic Clearances

A streamlined process for agencies to meet their obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act for voluntary, low-burden, and uncontroversial collections.

Improving Electronic Rulemaking Dockets

Promoting greater openness in the regulatory process by providing comprehensive electronic regulatory dockets online..

M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies

Guidance for using web measurement and customization technologies to improve the Federal Government’s services online.

M-10-23, Guidance for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications

Guidance for agencies using third-party websites and applications to engage with the public.

Disclosure and Simplification as Regulatory Tools

How to use disclosure and simplification to achieve regulatory objectives.

Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government

The Guidance provides a policy and legal framework for the use of prizes and challenges to promote open government, innovation, and other national priorities.

A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs

The President’s strategy identifies public sector innovation as critical to creating a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship.

Data.Gov Concept of Operations

The ConOps paper outlines the going-forward strategy for and is open to comments and suggested improvements. (download as pdf or doc)

Memorandum on Controlled, Unclassified Data

Establishing an open and uniform program for managing controlled, unclassified data

Second Open Government National Action Plan
Government Self-Assessment Report for the United States of America
Status Report-Learn more about the Obama Administration's Commitment to Open Gov
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