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Open Government: Taking Stock, Looking Forward Beth Simone Noveck U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer & Director, White House Open Government Initiative Bringing Institutional Innovation to the Public Sector through Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration
Bringing change to Washington and breaking with 8 years of secrecy
Articulating 3 principles: transparency, participation, and collaboration
Transparency promotes accountability
Participation strengthens decisions
Collaboration enables others to help
Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government Jan. 21 Presidential Memorandum on Transparency & Open Government
Early Milestones “The Obama administration is well on course to be the most open in modern times.” - The New York Times
Nation’s First Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer
White House Open Government Initiative to Drive & Coordinate
DOJ Issues Pro-Transparency Guidelines for Freedom of Info. Act
Recovery.gov to enable Americans to track the Recovery
Open for Questions and New Media driven engagement
Data.gov to bring more government information online
Open policymaking forums
HHS Launches Competition for H1N1 PSA
White House announces unprecedented release of visitor logs
Proliferating Opportunities for Open Policymaking
Tapping the Intelligence and Expertise of the American People
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Next Steps in Open Government: Unleashing Innovation Across Government Open Government Policy Open Government in Service of National Priorities Open Government Platforms
Next Steps in Open Government Policy Instilling a Culture of Openness and Transparency across Government Open Government Policy Coordinate policy on transparency, participation and collaboration Require policy, legal, and technology leadership in every agency to develop Open Government Plans with public input Open Government in Service of National Priorities Open Government Platforms Open Government Initiative Drive distributed culture change
The thousands of ideas, blog posts and wiki entries have directly informed the crafting of an OMB Directive on Open Government
It will begin with an idea championed by the public during the brainstorm phase - instilling a culture of open government by requiring each agency’s leadership to develop its own Open Government plan
As called for by the public, those plans will be subject to public consultation and comment prior to drafting and subsequent to their implementation
The plans will require agencies to develop a schedule for publishing data online in raw, structured, machine-readable formats based on priorities and to undertake participation and collaboration initiatives
Establishes a comprehensive review of the Administration’s information policies
In short, the forthcoming Open Government Directive will represent another key milestone in the President’s ongoing strategy to bring change to Washington and innovation to government institutions
Achieving National Priorities Improving everyday living through open ways of working Open Government Policy Patent Office data transparency builds businesses Apps for America!; Apple iTunes U Supports Continuity of Learning Open Government in Service of National Priorities Open Government Platforms Transparency Participation Collaboration Consumer Product Safety consumer opinion forums; Redoing the Federal Register to enhance
Veteran Benefits: Veterans Administration challenges 19,000 employees to cut the backlog for Veteran’s benefits
Energy Independence: DoE supports 100 MPG X-Prize
National Security: Department of Defense launches Aristotle expert networking across the Department to connect scientists and technologists to solve problems
Healthcare: Department of Health and Human Services hosts first Code-A-Thon, bringing together open source developers to enhance and build upon CONNECT, a software gateway for nationwide health information
Entrepreneurship: Business.gov connecting the public to one another
Open Government Platforms Facilitate Open and Collaborative Ways of Working Open Government Policy Policy Process Technology Facilitate the reuse of best practices through a platform for open government tools Open Government in Service of National Priorities Open Government Platforms Open Government Platforms
Open Government Transition to open and collaborative ways of working. Platforms to Instill a Culture of Openness Open Data Open Spending Open Participation Open Expertise & Peer Review Open Grant-Making Platform Open Problem-Solving Open and Collaborative Practices 2 1 Make it easy and cost-effective for any agency to implement open government priorities.
Source: ITIF Report “The Atlantic Century”, February, 2009 “ I ran for President because I believe that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” – President Barack Obama, May 21, 2009
What Can You Do to Design 21 st Century Democracy?: We are Just at the Beginning!
Transparency: Identify 5 data sets where transparency will achieve an important policy objective in the same way that the Toxic Release Inventory encourages companies to reduce their use and emission of toxic chemicals voluntarily; Create a document management system that will decrease FOIA requests while increasing access to information.
Participation: Design the best open policymaking platform for effective rulemaking; design the best processes for open grantmaking.
Collaboration: Design an IT-based system for managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma that improves health outcomes while reducing costs by a third . Establish a prize for the best automated, online mentoring system to promote entrepreneurship.