April 7th marked the latest milestone in the Obama Administration’s goal to make our government the most open, effective, and accountable in history. This was the date that 29 cabinet departments and major agencies posted their Open Government Plans—roadmaps with concrete milestones for transforming each agency and making each more transparent, participatory and collaborative. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released its own Open Government Plan for using openness and innovation to improve the use of scientific evidence in policymaking and the development of policies supportive of science and engineering. As OSTP Director John P. Holdren has written, the OSTP Open Government Plan "is not a final product but the first draft of a living document we are committed to revising and updating with your input." That's why, in the ensuing two weeks, we've read your feedback and evaluated our own plan against the requirements of the Open Government Directive. Today we are publishing that self-evaluation, together with Version 1.2 of our Open Government Plan (pdf) (you can view the edits we made from Version 1 here)—an improved version that fulfills both the spirit and the letter of the Open Government Directive.
Now our goal is to implement the commitments in our Plan and, for that, we need your ongoing help to devise specific strategies. Here are some are the highlights:
Beth Noveck is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government
Eugene Huang is Senior Advisor to the CTO