By Elizabeth Holland
Federal agencies are currently developing their third open government plans per President Obama’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government and the Open Government Directive. As part of the process, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking input and new ideas from the public for its plan. AALL’s Government Relations Office (GRO) and Government Relations Committee (GRC) are working together to submit recommendations to DOJ.
Previous DOJ open government plans included initiatives like creating of FOIA.gov and FARA.gov, posting its digitized legislative histories for public use, and establishing a quarterly Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reporting requirement. The GRO and GRC participated in past audits of the plans, organized by OpenTheGovernment.org, and have worked closely with DOJ to ensure the plans were effectively implemented.
To submit input for DOJ’s next open government plan, send your ideas to AALL Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24, 2014.