Participate in Crafting the Open Government Directive

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.

      UPDATE The Brainstorming site will stay active through June 19. For more information on the next phase of the process, and on how newly submitted ideas will be treated, see the White House Blog Post, Open Government Initiative: Phase II.


    • 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 – July 3 — 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.

      Voting will stay open through the holiday weekend, until 5pm Eastern Monday, July 6th.


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 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 letter signed by more than 60 open government organizations and advocates. See our press release for more information.

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