Agencies Release Open Government Plans, Assessments Begin

Meeting a major milestone of the Open Government Directive (OGD), on April 7 all 29 agencies covered by the OGD, plus several agencies not covered by the Directive, released their Open Government Plans for public comment. The plans can be found on the agencies’ Open Government Web pages, which are linked to from the White House’s Open Government Dashboard.

In order to evaluate the plans, OpenTheGovernment.org is coordinating a review that will give each agency an overall score for how well it meets the criteria laid out in the OGD. Members of AALL’s Government Relations Committee are evaluating the Department of Justice’s Open Government Plan and the Association will be submitting an assessment on how well the DOJ plan meets the stated requirements.

In addition, OpenTheGovernment.org is asking individuals to provide feedback on any of the agency plans. We encourage you to take a few minutes to comment on the plan of any agency that may be of special interest to you. These comments are intended to highlight any part of the plan you think is impressive, and to make concrete suggestions on how the agency could improve its plan. This is a special opportunity to provide your thoughts on how well agencies’ proposals follow through on the OGD’s requirement to develop a roadmap to improve transparency, participation and collaboration.

AALL is carefully monitoring agencies’ progress to ensure that they meet the baseline requirements described in the OGD. We will keep you updated as the assessments are completed.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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