[govinfo] Open Government Directive process in place

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FEN" <fen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 14:07:43 -0400

As promised on President Obama?s first full day in office, the White House has 
launched a process for soliciting public input and participation in the 
development of Open Government Directive. The public may participate in a short 
three-phase process: 
Through May 28 -- Brainstorming: The public can submit and rank ideas regarding 
how the government should become more transparent, participatory and 
collaborative. Proposals voted down will still be kept and archived in 
compliance with the Federal Records Act.
Starting June 3 -- Blog Discussion: the public and federal employees will be 
able to discuss some of the top ideas and challenges raised during the 
brainstorming session. For example, how can privacy and security be protected 
as government data is made available? What is the best way to change the 
culture of government to embrace collaboration?
June 15 ? 19 -- Wiki-based Drafting: the public will be able collaborate on 
crafting the language of recommendations on open government. These formal 
recommendations will become the framework for how the open-government directive 
will be implemented. 
As each of these processes becomes open, we will post the link.
Additionally, recommendations and communications for the open government 
directive that the administration has received over the last few months can be 
read at the open government inbox 
http://www.ostp.gov/cs/opengov/from-the-inbox/ hosted by the Office of Science 
and Technology Policy features. It does not contain documents received during 
the transition, so previous submissions seem to require resubmission.
This process will be followed by a traditional interagency review and the 
internal crafting of recommendations.  We have been assured that the public 
will have an opportunity to review and comment on the recommendations, and that 
all of the comments and other outputs will be public.
Many aspects of this process accord with the requests made in a recent letter 
signed by more than 60 open government organizations and advocates. See our 
press release for more information.
Patrice McDermott, Director 
202.332.OPEN (6736) 

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