Fourth Annual National Event Will Kick Off National Dialogue on Open Government

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Contact: Amy Fuller or Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736

Fourth Annual National Event Will Kick Off National Dialogue on Open Government


"Opening Doors: Finding the Keys to Open Government"

WASHINGTON – On Friday, March 20th from 1 – 2:30 eastern, will host and webcast a discussion on open government in theory and in practice from the Center for American Progress. Join Patrice McDermott, Director of and distinguished open government experts to discuss the development and implementation of President Obama’s Open Government Directive and initiatives to advance economic transparency.

On his first day in office, President Obama in directed his Administration to develop recommendations for an "Open Government Directive" that moves government towards being "transparent," "participatory," and "collaborative." During the webcast, the public will be able to interact with individuals intimately involved in crafting this policy.

A report based on the results of Show Us the Data, a web-based survey used to discover what information the public wants to get access to and use, but cannot, will also be released during the event.

An embargoed copy of the report will be available on Wednesday here.

Patrice McDermott (moderator), Director of
Dr. Beth Noveck, who is heading up the implementation of the President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, is a professor of law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School
Dan Chenok, member of President Obama’s "Technology, Innovation and Government Reform" transition team, former branch chief for information policy and technology in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and currently senior vice president and general manager of Pragmatics
Katherine McFate, Program Officer for Government Performance and Accountability in the Ford Foundation’s Governance Unit
Ari Schwartz, Vice President of the Center for Technology and Democracy
Sean Moulton, Director of Federal Information Policy at OMB Watch

The webcast is shown at local events across the county. Visit for a list of venues and for a link to view the webcast.

The event is hosted by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for American Progress, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition,, Public Citizen, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and the Sunlight Foundation.