Groups Meet with Administration’s Open Government Working Group

Last Wednesday more than 20 outside stakeholders joined the regular meeting of the Administration's Open Government Working Group to discuss the new open government plans agencies are expected to create this year. During the meeting, we discussed some basic guidelines pulled together by the Center for Effective Government identifying what outside organizations would like to see in these plans. These include clearly defined goals and plans for improving FOIA performance and making more information available. We also discussed a set of "Open Government Community Challenges," issues faced by all or many agencies that prevent the government from being more transparent and accountable. We encouraged agencies to work together to tackle these challenges in their new open government plans.

The Open Government Working Group, which includes senior officials from several agencies, has been meeting monthly to discuss open government issues for several years. According to Administration officials, they plan to begin opening these meetings to outside stakeholders on a quarterly basis.

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