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Posts about open government, mostly at the federal level.

New Report for Open Government Directive

I received this message from Joe Goldman (VP of Citizen Engagement at AmericaSpeaks) today… This will be up on our web site soon, but wanted to share with you a new report we recently completed. (Download the report here.) Nineteen senior leaders from 13 federal agencies and departments came together on May 12, 2009, at the headquarters of the Transportation Security Administration to offer ideas to the Open Government Directive. Participants in the three-hour discussion shared their hopes and concerns for the directive, discussed the […] (continue)

White House Office of Public Engagement Launched!

Here is some incredible breaking news for our field… The White House announced today that the White House Office of Public Liaison is being tasked with an expanded mission, and a new name:  the Office of Public Engagement!  In his video announcement about OPE, President Obama said “This office will seek to engage as many Americans as possible in the difficult work of changing this country, through meetings and conversations with groups and individuals held in Washington and across the country.” The current leadership will […] (continue)

Federal Agency Managers and Staff Weigh-In on Open Govt Agenda

Here’s an important announcement Joe Goldman sent me last week.  Joe is Vice President of Citizen Engagement at AmericaSpeaks. Four leading organizations in our field very recently convened a two-day meeting with 34 Federal Managers from 23 different agencies and offices across the federal government.  The meeting, called the Champions of Participation conference, focused on what can be done to increase and improve the use of face-to-face participation and collaboration by federal agencies. Here is Joe’s introduction, followed by the official announcement.  It is hoped […] (continue)

Update on PEP Project & What You Can Do Now

As many of you know, NCDD has been hosting a collaborative online conversation aimed at developing a set of Core Principles for Public Engagement that most people and organizations in this field can get behind. We’ve been working on this as transparently as possible at www.thataway.org/2009/pep_project/ and many of you have participated. I’ve found it to be a fascinating, fun, and challenging process — but it’s not over yet. (Update:  all PEP info can now be found at www.ncdd.org/pep). We are doing this, in part, […] (continue)

Summary of Listening Session with Obama’s Open Government Initiative

I was invited by Beth Noveck, the director of Obama’s open government initiative, to attend a meeting last Wednesday (March 11) at the White House Conference Center.  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was the official convener of this “informal listening session on the implementation of the President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.”  According to the email inviting me to attend, the session would focus “on the process of crafting the recommendations called for in the Memorandum.   Specifically, we invite you […] (continue)

GovLoop.com – a social network for gov't types

I just joined an interesting social network called GovLoop, that I heard about through NCDD member Stephan Buckley. Govloop is “the premier social network connecting the government community,” and you are encouraged to join if you are: a government employee, a public policy student or professor, a good government organization, or a government contractor with good intentions. Thought some of you deliberative democracy folks would be interested. Seems like a good way to connect with people in the public sector and stay updated on new […] (continue)

Obama Memorandum Calls for Public Engagement and Collaboration

On his first full day on the job (January 21st), President Obama signed two Executive Orders and three Presidential Memoranda. One of his memoranda (below) gives me hope that NCDDers’ work will soon become not the exception but the norm in this country. Given this incredible window of opportunity, it is my hope that we can work together to make sure this Open Government Directive includes the important work represented by the dialogue and deliberation community. Click “more” to see the full memo… (continue)

Obama's Office of Public Liaison to Foster Gov't-Citizen Collaboration

I know we’re all wondering if, how and when the new Obama administration will address the need for meaningful, quality public engagement.  Here’s a noteworthy piece of news from a November 14th New York Times article… “Nearly two decades ago, Valerie Jarrett hired a young lawyer named Michelle Obama for a job at City Hall in Chicago. Now President-elect Barack Obama is hiring Ms. Jarrett for a senior role in the White House. Ms. Jarrett’s role and title are threefold: White House senior adviser and […] (continue)

Obama Tech Plan Aims for Connected Democracy

NCDD member Beth Noveck wrote to us recently about the Obama Technology Plan, announced in mid November. In addition to taking a stand on such issues as net neutrality, media cross-ownership and patent reform, the plan contains an extensive proposal to create a “transparent and connected democracy” and includes a commitment to establish “pilot programs to open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise of the […] (continue)

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