Open Government Innovations

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  • The Code for Livability Rocks On

    This weekend in Denver, Colorado, coders and designers will build on the success of the Code for Livability event, converging on the Uncubed coworking space to participate in the Colorado Code for Communities civic “hackathon”.

  • The Growing Open Government Movement

    The recently launched Open Government Platform aims to promote government transparency and citizen engagement on a global scale.

  • Helping our Nation’s Cities Through Open Government and Innovation

    Cities around the country are facing challenges, from increasing service demands, to tight budgets, to aging infrastructure. But city leaders are increasingly finding new and innovative ways to tackle these challenges, in part by harnessing the inherent power of the citizens that live there.

  • The Power of Open Education Data

    On Tuesday, Vice President Biden, U.S. Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray hosted a roundtable with college presidents who pledged to provide clear, useful information to all incoming college students and their families, as part of their financial aid package, so that they can “know before they owe.”

  • Innovations in Open Government that are Changing DOT

    The release of version 2.0 of DOT’s open government plan, is a great opportunity to look at some of the great work that they’ve done since the last iteration.

  • NASA’s Open Government Plan Features the International Space Apps Challenge

    This week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released version 2.0 of our Open Government Plan. We used this milestone to sharpen our focus on initiatives such as creating a new web architecture, employing wider use of Open Source technologies, and increasing opportunities for engaging citizens in NASA’s mission.

  • Celebrating the Release of Open Government Plans 2.0

    Since Open Government plans were released two years ago, a great deal of work has been doneon implementation. And today, agencies are releasing updates of their plans, which include timelines for completing the initiatives in their previous plans, as well as new commitments.

  • Pioneering Innovation Through Health Data Transparency

    As advocates across the country celebrate Sunshine Week, a time to focus on government transparency, the Department of Health and Human Services is proud of its work in spearheading greater data transparency.


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National Action Plan for the United State of America

These Open Government efforts are now entering a new phase, as we collaborate with other countries in the global Open Government Partnership.

Informing Consumers through Smart Disclosure

Memorandum: The purpose of this Memorandum is to set out guidance for agencies to inform and facilitate the use of disclosure, specifically "smart disclosure."

Commitment to Open Government Status Report

Since President Obama took office, the Administration has strived to make information about how government works more accessible to the public and to solicit citizens’ participation in government decision-making.

The President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government

The President’s first executive action, the Open Government Memorandum calls for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government.

Open Innovation Memo

An overview of 10 leading practices that emphasize the government's role as an "impatient convener" to advance the President’s Strategy for American Innovation.

The Open Government Directive

The Directive hardwires accountability, instructing every agency to open its doors and data to the American people. (also available as pdf, txt, and doc)

PRA Primer

An easy to understand primer about the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

Social Media and the PRA

Guidance on using social media within the framework of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Increasing Openness in the Rulemaking Process – Use of the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)

Guidance to help improve the public’s ability to track regulatory actions throughout their lifecycle in order to promote informed public participation.

Paperwork Reduction Act - Generic Clearances

A streamlined process for agencies to meet their obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act for voluntary, low-burden, and uncontroversial collections.

Improving Electronic Rulemaking Dockets

Promoting greater openness in the regulatory process by providing comprehensive electronic regulatory dockets online..

M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies

Guidance for using web measurement and customization technologies to improve the Federal Government’s services online.

M-10-23, Guidance for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications

Guidance for agencies using third-party websites and applications to engage with the public.

Disclosure and Simplification as Regulatory Tools

How to use disclosure and simplification to achieve regulatory objectives.

Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government

The Guidance provides a policy and legal framework for the use of prizes and challenges to promote open government, innovation, and other national priorities.

A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs

The President’s strategy identifies public sector innovation as critical to creating a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship.

Data.Gov Concept of Operations

The ConOps paper outlines the going-forward strategy for and is open to comments and suggested improvements. (download as pdf or doc)

Memorandum on Controlled, Unclassified Data

Establishing an open and uniform program for managing controlled, unclassified data

Status Report-Learn more about the Obama Administration's Commitment to Open Gov
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