OMB sees yellow on open government plans

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Only three federal agencies produced open government plans that fully satisfy the open government directive, according to an initial White House review of the plans based on agency self assessments.

In an April 27 blog post, Vivek Kundra, federal chief information officer and federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said that while the Health and Human Services and Transportation departments, and NASA could serve as models of openness, other agencies "have more work to do."

That includes the Office of Management and Budget--where Kundra is administrator for e-government and information technology--and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where Chopra works, the officials acknowledged.

The evaluations were based on 30 criteria from self-evaluation forms agencies submitted to the White House by April 23.

The self-evaluations are available on agencies' open government sites; a green-yellow-red scorecard keeps track of their collective status. No agency received a red score, which stands for "fails to meet expectations." The most common color was yellow, for "progress toward expectations."

The Agriculture Department--the open government plan of which includes 12 instances of the phrase "exploring," as in "exploring avenues" or "exploring leveraging" or "exploring ways to collect and share a library of collaboration successes"--has an overall yellow grade.

For more:
- read the blog post by Vivek Kundra and Aneesh Chopra
- see the open government scorecard
- see the agency self-evaluation criteria
- read the USDA open government plan (.pdf)
- see the open government directive (.pdf)

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