May 4, 2010 at 9:40 am #99706
Check out the Evaluating Open Government site to view these evaluations and the Ranking of the agencies by the strength of their plans. You can also use the feedback links to comment on any part of the plans you think are impressive, and to make concrete suggestions on how the agency could improve its plan.
This site is the “virtual home” of a project organized by OpenTheGovernment.org to evaluate federal agencies’ progress towards fulfilling President Obama’s commitment to “creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government” in order to “strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” The contributors to this project– a group of volunteers with experience working with agencies and evaluating information policies drawn from nonprofit groups, academia, and other organizations that serve the public interest — launched this effort by conducting an audit of the Open Government Plans agencies were required to develop under the Open Government Directive (OGD) by April 7, 2010. Agencies have been encouraged by the administration to continue to update and improve these plans, and some have already released new versions; we will re-visit updated plans in June.
We commend the President for his commitment to openness and for providing detailed elements in the OGD that can be used to hold federal agencies accountable. Many of the federal agencies have approached implementation of the OGD requirements with energy and enthusiasm and some have taken innovative steps in their plans. If implemented with spirit, vigor, and innovation, the Open Government Plans can serve as a vehicle for fundamentally changing the way the federal government interacts with the public. This, in turn, may prove to be a catalyst for shifting public trust in government.
At the same time, many of the agency plans as unveiled on April 7 have a long way to go to create this transformational potential. As this audit demonstrates, there is wide variation in the agency plans. Some are exceptional; others are quite weak. Most are somewhere in between. Many of the plans that currently do not meet the minimal requirements identified in the OGD can do so with only modest improvements, such as providing more specificity on deadlines or identifying where certain items mentioned in the plans can be found. An overview of what we found is below.
May 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm #99710
From White House Blog
Posted by CIO Vivek Kundra and CTO Aneesh Chopra on April 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM EDT
As part of the ongoing implementation of the Open Government Plans, we have asked the Cabinet departments and other major agencies to work with us to evaluate version 1.0 of their Plans (or recent revisions) against the requirements of the Open Government Directive. The assessments show that we are off to a good start–but have much more work to do as we transition our overall efforts towards effective agency implementation.
May 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm #99708
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.
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