Open Government Policy

The President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government

The President’s first executive action, the Open Government Memorandum calls for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government.

Open Innovation Memo

An overview of 10 leading practices that emphasize the government's role as an "impatient convener" to advance the President’s Strategy for American Innovation.

A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs

The President’s strategy identifies public sector innovation as critical to creating a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship.

The Open Government Directive

The Directive hardwires accountability, instructing every agency to open its doors and data to the American people. (also available as pdf, txt, and doc)

Data.Gov Concept of Operations

The ConOps paper outlines the going-forward strategy for and is open to comments and suggested improvements. (download as pdf or doc)

Obama Administration Open Government Status Report

The Status Report provides a review of progress the Administration made as of September 2011 towards forging a more open relationship between citizens and their government.

National Action Plan for the United States of America

As part of the United States’ commitment to the Open Government Partnership, the Obama Administration launched the Open Government National Action Plan, a set of twenty-six concrete commitments that help increase public integrity, promote public participation, manage public resources more effectively, and improve public services.

Open Government Self-Assessment Report for the United States of America

The Self-Assessment Report reviews the Federal Government’s progress that has been made for each commitment pursuant to the Open Government National Action Plan.

Second Open Government National Action Plan for the United States of America

In 2013, the Administration launched the Second Open Government National Action Plan, including 23 commitments that build on the progress made in the first plan as well as bold, new commitments to be achieved over the next two years.

Memorandum Regarding 2014 Agency Open Government Plans

The Open Government Directive asked agencies to develop and publish biennial Open Government Plans to serve as a public roadmap to detail agency progress in integrating the open government principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration into their work. This memo assists agencies as they prepare to launch their 2014 Open Government Plans.