Most Agencies, with Notable Exceptions, Post New Open Government Plans

A review of several large agencies' /open pages revealed that a slim majority of agencies met the requirement under the White House's Open Government Directive to post "Version 2" of the Open Government Plans by early last week. Thirteen out of the 24 /open pages reviewed on April 10 by OpenTheGovernment.org staff did include recently updated Open Government Plans. Among the notable agencies who have not updated their plans (or in some cases even recently updated their /open page) are: the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Interior, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Energy.

According to Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, "We are pleased a majority of agencies met the White House’s deadline for posting refreshed versions of their Open Government Plans. The fact that a number of major agencies have failed to meet the deadline set in the White House’s Open Government Directive is troubling, though. The White House needs to remind agencies that it is serious about making the federal government more open and accountable."

While a collaborative effort similar to that we organized in 2010 to evaluate the strength of these plans is not in the cards this year, we and our partners did have open talks with several agencies about the kinds of things we hoped to see in their revamped plans. We look forward to digging into the substance of the some of the plans soon.

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