Agencies’ transparency plans need improvement, groups say
Transparency groups want improvements to agencies’ open-government plans
* By Ben Bain
* May 04, 2010
Some government organizations in charge of strengthening transparency programs governmentwide have relatively weak plans for making their own agencies more open, according to a coalition of open-government advocates. Overall, reviewers found that open-government plans recently released by agencies and departments across the government varied widely.
The group that organized the audit, OpenTheGovernment.org, then ranked the plans and those from the Justice Department and the Office of Management and Budget were near the bottom. Organizers said those findings were “of particular disappointment” because of the key role OMB and Justice are supposed to play in transparency efforts.