In its first nine months in office, the Trump Administration has shown its antipathy to open government and international agreements. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the administration has delayed releasing a “National Action Plan” (NAP) to articulate goals for increasing government transparency and accountability.
Updated: Questions for 2016 Candidates for Federal Offices on Government Accountability, Public Disclosure, and the Right to Know
OpenTheGovernment.org and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) have drafted these open government-related questions that can be asked of all candidates for federal office. Our hope is that they will be used broadly - by editorial boards, reporters covering the 2016 campaigns, and interested members of the public who have an opportunity to speak with candidates.
WASHINGTON, February 17, 2016 – OpenTheGovernent.org today released a report, developed by 23 civil society organizations, on the progress made by the Administration in its Open Government commitments over the last two years. Among the findings, the report highlights the shortcomings in the completion rate, lack of political mandate and follow-through, and need for greater focus on civil society/government collaboration.
The following is written by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy.
The commitments made in the second National Action Plan concerning security classification policy have several commendable features, as well as some questionable aspects.
OpenTheGovernment.org posts summaries of meetings on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan between civil society members and the administration. Summaries from the first National Action Plan can be found at OpenGovPartners.org/US
Both civil society and the government have released reports on what was accomplished through the National Action Plan issued in September 2011. Both reports share one critically important finding: for nearly all the commitments, there remains work to be done and further lessons to be learned. Open government, you could say, is not built in a single year.
OpenTheGovernment.org is taking deep dives into civil society’s evaluation of the implementation of the US National Action Plan, and taking a look at the lessons learned from the government’s self-assessment. During the evaluation process, a few teams grappled with addressing commitments that were vague, long-finished, or unevenly and incompletely implemented across agencies.