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  • Open Government Progress

    Building on efforts to create more efficient, effective, and accountable governments, the Obama Administration issues a new report, outlining ambitious new open-government commitments

  • We Want Your Input on Building a More Open Government

    President Obama launched the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan in September 2011, as part of the Nation’s commitment to the global Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The first Plan laid out 26 concrete steps the United States would take to promote public participation in government, increase transparency, and manage public resources more effectively. We are proud of this progress, but recognize that there is always more we can do to build a more efficient, effective, and accountable government. In that spirit, the Obama Administration has committed to develop a second National Action Plan on Open Government: “NAP 2.0.”

  • Honoring Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change

    Last Tuesday, the White House honored 14 Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change—extraordinary Americans working to improve their communities through technology, innovation, and civic participation. As entrepreneurs, innovators, organizers, and community leaders, these “Champions of Change” have made a tremendous positive impact.

  • Open Government is an Open Conversation

    As part of our ongoing commitment to the international Open Government Partnership, the Obama Administration has committed to develop a second National Action Plan on Open Government. To accomplish this task effectively, we’ll need all-hands-on-deck. That’s why we plan to solicit and incorporate your input as we develop the National Action Plan “2.0.”

  • Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Transformative Civic Engagement

    This July, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate these local change-agents, whose exemplary leadership is helping to strengthen our democracy and increase participation in our government.We’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for Transformative Civic Engagement

  • Recap: A Big Day for Open Data

    Yesterday, President Obama visited Austin, Texas, to kick off his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. At Capital Factory, a local start-up incubator, he met with technology entrepreneurs and innovative companies that are helping grow our economy and create jobs by building new products and services. One of those companies, Stormpulse, uses freely available government weather data to help businesses protect themselves.

  • Open Government: A Time for Self-Assessment

    Since the first day of the Obama Administration, the Federal government has worked to make government more efficient, effective, and responsive to citizens’ needs. The Administration is committed to harnessing new technology to engage the public, disclosing information more quickly, and giving citizens a greater voice in decision-making. Today, we are proud to release a Self-Assessment Report on the many steps taken to fulfill those commitments.

  • Sunshine Week: Increasing Access to Publicly Funded Research

    During Sunshine Week, we celebrate the ways government can improve public use of government information. We recently took an important step to increase public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government, focusing on two key products of funded research: peer-reviewed scholarly publications and scientific data.


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Open Data Policy

Guidance to better manage Federal information as an asset to make it more open, accessible, and usable by the public.

Executive Order on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

The President’s Executive Order on making Federal Government information more open and accessible to promote economic growth and government efficiency.

National Action Plan for the United States 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

Government Self-Assessment Report for the United States of America
Status Report-Learn more about the Obama Administration's Commitment to Open Gov
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