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.
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On September 21, OTG's Patrice McDermott spoke at a Congressional Transparency Caucus briefing hosted by Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). The panel was moderated by Demand Progress' Daniel Schuman, and also included Shanna Devine (Government Accountability Project) and Christian Hoehner (Data Transparency Coalition).
WASHINGTON, December 21, 2015 – Today, more than 20 organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling for the President to take immediate action on the failure of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply with Presidential directives on open government.
Although it was not required to do so under the Open Government Directive, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently released its open government plan, spotlighting an initiative to prevent employer retaliation against whistleblowers.
According to updated guidance the Administration issued on agency open government plans, agencies were supposed to publish updated plans to make themselves more open, participatory and collaborative. To help the open government community keep track of which agencies have posted plans and make it easy to see what kind of activities agencies intend to engage in over the next two years, OpenTheGovernment.org created the below spreadsheet.
On February 28, the Administration issued updated guidance for agencies to use as they develop 2014 open government plans.
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.