Meeting with White House officials this Friday
I was invited by Nicholas Fraser of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to have two NCDD representatives attend a one-hour discussion in DC this Friday with White House officials and 6 or 7 additional stakeholder groups. The invitation described the meeting as an opportunity for White House officials “to hear your thoughts on a proposed US National Plan per the Open Government Partnership.”
OGP is a new global, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP is overseen by a multi-stakeholder International Steering Committee, comprised of governments including the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, The Philippines, and South Africa, and leading civil society institutions.
The invitation continued…
“This will be a chance for us to listen and hear your input on a US National Plan to meet the four core open government principles as laid out by the Partnership: transparency, citizen participation, accountability, and technology and innovation.”
I have invited NCDD Board member Lucas Cioffi and Wayne Burke (director of the Open Forum Foundation, an NCDD org member) to attend as NCDD’s representatives. From my invitation, it looks like Archon Fung (Harvard’s JFK School) was the only other invitee from the D&D community. Others were mainly from the transparency community — groups like the Sunlight Foundation and RevenueWatch.
In the interest of transparency and participation, I wanted to announce that NCDD will be attending and that Lucas and Wayne will be sharing their reflections and learnings from the meeting via the NCDD blog. I also wanted to invite those of you who are following Open Gov developments to comment here on the NCDD blog about what YOU might contribute if you were attending this meeting (the post’s home is www.ncdd.org/5468). What advice would you share with White House officials about the progress of the Open Gov movement and the potential of the Open Gov Partnership?
One document that could provide some good food-for-thought is the OGP roadmap, which lays out the requirements for all participating countries’ public consultations.