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OMB to issue open government directive within a few weeks

Gary Bass, director of OMB Watch, alerted me to an article by Aliya Sternstein posted yesterday (October 2nd) at nextgov.com. The article, titled OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks, announces that the Obama administration will issue the open government directive two to three weeks from now.

AneeshChopraOMB (Office of Management & Budget) Director Peter R. Orszag will issue the formal guidance. “It will echo many of the recommendations made by the public,” said Tom Gavin, OMB spokesperson.  Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer responsible for issuing the recommendations (pictured here), revealed some of his recommendations on September 9th at a government transparency conference in Washington.  Chopra said federal agencies will be directed to create their own individual plans for open government.  They will have to flesh out certain required items, including an explanation of how they will engage the public in policymaking.

As I’m sure you remember, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy conducted a three-part consultation with the public and stakeholders this summer through forums, blogs and wikis on the three principles outlined in Obama’s memorandum on transparency and open government:  transparency, participation, and collaboration.

Our community got involved in force, and the NCDD blog is a good place to go for archives of all that happened.  The “open gov” tag in NCDD’s News blog will take you through months of developments (here’s a direct link to the tag: https://ncdd.org/tag/open-gov).  Our post, Obama, Public Engagement, and the D&D Community… An (Extraordinary) Half-Year in Review, is also a great piece to look over for a refresher of all that went on and how the NCDD community got involved.

Read the full article, OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks, at www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_5291.php?oref=topstory.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Clare says:

    It is interesting and inspiring to see how consultation with the public can help form a policy to draw on more consultation from the public! I think that, from their experience, Mr. Chopra and others will be better able to gauge how well agencies engage the public. OMB can build on what it learned. Fascinating!

  2. Clare says:

    I think it bodes well for this new effort that the OMB used collaborative efforts to engage the public before forming this directive. Having had this experience engaging with citizens, Mr. Chopra and others will be better able to tell whether the agencies are following the new directive. Fascinating!

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