Noel Dickover replied to the topic What Do You Think about OMB Soc Media and PRA Guidance? in the forum Forum Discussions 9 years, 7 months ago
I’m afraid I disagree with you – this is fairly far from awesome. I’d actually label it fairly disappointing. Not only are both documents written to be as vague as possible (the PRA primer, for instance, spends most of its text simply repeating statute), this doesn’t really get us where we need to be. Basic web usability questionnaires (or facebook surveys), or really, any structured interaction are still subject to the PRA because they ask the same set of questions to more than 10 users, many uses of wikis are not covered (although this is ambiguous enough guidance that most could probably argue their way out of it), but at least open-ended blog-based questions, user registrations and contest/idea generation approaches are free of PRA concerns.
More disappointing from my standpoint, it keeps in place the notion that citizen interaction with the government is essentially a “burden” and still codifies the position that significant interaction with the public should be minimized (this is clearly contrary to open government). Over time, this will continue to reduce innovation in participating with the citizens, as folks will still be caught up with the question of, “But if we do that, will we have to go through a laborious 6 month approval process?” It also still assumes that OMB is actually able to keep up with the massive shift in the use of information online. Their existing process is still in place. If there was ever a process in govt in need of re-engineering it’s the PRA process.
I do agree its a step in the right direction, but from my standpoint, this was “not the change I was looking for”.
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