As we have seen in the United States, political transitions can be a precarious time for government openness and accountability. There are myriad ways that governments backslide, ranging from abandoning international agreements and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to threatening the independence of courts and legislative bodies, to direct attacks against journalists, civil society and political opponents.
Open Government Partnership - Resources
OpenTheGovernment.org has played a key role, since 2011, in coordinating US civil society's engagement with the Open Government Partnership on the First, Second, and Third National Action Plans (NAPs).
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.
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.
Report from the 2015 OGP Global Summit: OpenTheGovernment.org hosts a workshop on civil society experiences
On October 27, 2015, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a workshop on Civil Society Day during the OGP 2016 Global Summit in Mexico City. The workshop provided a venue to draw on civil society experiences from across the globe to share knowledge and discuss experiences from a wide-range of civil society actors deeply engaged in the OGP process.
Updated, November 10, 2015
OTG and the Open Government Partnership process
Since the beginning of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in
Civil Society Groups Issue Progress Report on 2nd National Action Plan; Urge Administration to Take Meaningful Action
In a new report released today by OpenTheGovernment.org, civil society groups find that the U.S. government, despite some meaningful efforts, is not poised to fulfill many of the open government commitments made in its second OGP National Action Plan. In contrast to President Obama’s 2009 pledge to usher in a “new era of openness,” the White House has fallen short of civil society expectations and has not taken full advantage of the OGP platform to push through transformative openness initiatives.
This June, OpenTheGovernment.org filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the classification guidance that now governs the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program, to see precisely how it had changed after the release of the Senate torture report’s Executive Summary last December.
On July 30th, the White House hosted a public meeting on open government. The meeting was intended to inform the administration's next National Action Plan (NAP) for open government. The Plan will be published in late October 2015.