Agencies begin releasing refreshed open government plans


It’s been 2 years since the president issued the Open Government Directive, a policy that not only required executive departments and agencies to draft open government plans, but to update them biennially. Refreshed plans were due to the Office of Management and Budget by April 8, and many are now live.

In an April 9 post on the White House blog, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein and Deputy Federal Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein didn’t explicitly state whether or not agencies met the deadline. They did announced that all plans are findable at “www.[name of agency].gov/open.”

But a quick review shows that not all agencies have their new plans at the /open location--just their original plans, 2010 open government review documents, and links to platforms for soliciting feedback on forthcoming 2012 plans.

Sunstein and Vein noted that “implementing a plan can be harder than writing it." Based on the blog post, it looks like some plans need more a bit more work before they're released.

“As a next step, agencies will receive feedback from the public, open government advocates, and their colleagues across government on their revised plans over the coming week. Then, they’ll make revisions based on that feedback,” wrote Sunstein and Vein.

The General Services Administration, NASA, the Department of Transportation (.pdf) and the Social Security Administration are among the agencies that appear to have received OMB’s blessing and have publicly posted refreshed open government plans.

For more:
- see the White House blog post

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