Monday, February 8, 2010

An Open Door to Open Government

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An Open Door to Open Government
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on February 08, 2010 at 03:33 PM EST
While most of Washington spent the weekend digging out of the snow, federal agencies were taking the next steps in making their work more transparent for the American people. Since early December, agencies have worked to create their own webpages to serve as the gateway for each agency’s implementation of the Open Government Directive. These pages all went live this weekend, complete with the latest news and updates, downloadable information unique to that agency, and information about how each agency is moving to implement the President’s call for a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government.

Importantly, each of these sites will be the focal point for the agency's open government plans that, after public feedback and suggestion, will make our work across the Administration more accessible to the American people. That's why each Open Government Webpage incorporates a mechanism to seek your ideas and insights. Most agencies are leveraging a new, no-cost public engagement app from the General Services Administration that allows them to pay less attention to designing tools and more attention to running, moderating, and analyzing public input. It will help to make the agency open government pages more effective at turning public suggestions into government actions.

Here at the White House, we're keeping tabs on the agencies’ efforts. A dashboard – launched this weekend – tracks agency progress toward the goals of the Open Government Directive. This dashboard will continue to evolve with your feedback.

Since day one, the President has committed his Administration to break down long-standing barriers between the people and their government. The steps that the agencies are taking are designed to change the culture of government from a closed, opaque structure to one that is more accessible and accountable to citizens.

Check out the agency sites and see their work for yourself.

Go Here to connect to these sites

•Department of Agriculture
•Department of Commerce
•Department of Defense
•Department of Education
•Department of Energy
•Department of Health and Human Services
•Department of Homeland Security
•Department of Housing and Urban Development
•Department of the Interior
•Department of Justice
•Department of Labor
•Department of State
•Department of Transportation
•Department of the Treasury
•Department of Veterans Affairs
•Environmental Protection Agency
•National Aeronautics and Space Administration
•Agency for International Development
•General Services Administration
•National Science Foundation
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission
•Office of Personnel Management
•Small Business Administration
•Social Security Administration
•Corporation for National and Community Service
•International Trade Commission
•National Archives and Records Administration
•National Transportation Safety Board
•Peace Corps
•Council on Environmental Quality
•Office of Management and Budget
•Office of National Drug Control Policy
•Office of Science and Technology Policy
•Office of the United States Trade Representative
Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director

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