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  • 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.

  • We Love it When a Plan Comes Together…

    Federal agencies are currently hard at work developing revised Open Government Plans — blueprints that are published every two years, highlighting agency progress towards making their work more transparent, participatory, and collaborative, and outlining new open government commitments going forward.

  • The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan

    The Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further. Highlights of the second National Action Plan included 'We the People," Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Modernization, The Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), Open Data to the Public and Participatory Budgeting.

  • Open Government Progress

    Building on efforts to create more efficient, effective, and accountable governments, the Obama Administration issues a new report, outlining ambitious new open-government commitments

  • We Want Your Input on Building a More Open Government

    President Obama launched the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan in September 2011, as part of the Nation’s commitment to the global Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The first Plan laid out 26 concrete steps the United States would take to promote public participation in government, increase transparency, and manage public resources more effectively. We are proud of this progress, but recognize that there is always more we can do to build a more efficient, effective, and accountable government. In that spirit, the Obama Administration has committed to develop a second National Action Plan on Open Government: “NAP 2.0.”


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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

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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