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Updated Results of Open Gov Plan Audit Released

I received the following announcement today from Amy Bennett at OpenTheGovernment.org. Those of you keeping up with Open Gov news will find this very interesting. I’m so impressed with what our friends at OpenTheGovernment have been able to accomplish!  Here’s the message from Amy…

“As many of you may know, earlier this year OpenTheGovernment.org launched a project to evaluate open government at the agencies. The first step in the project was an audit conducted by volunteers from nonprofit groups, academia, and other organizations that serve the public interest who have experience working with the agencies and evaluating information policies of the Open Government Plans required to be posted by April 7, 2010 by the Open Government Directive (OGD). Our audit found that many of the Open Government Plans produced by the agencies failed to fulfill the basic requirements outlined in the OGD. In light of the ample room for improvement, OpenTheGovernment.org invited revisions to the plans by June 25 for re-evaluation.

Twenty-three of 39 agencies that have published substantive open government plans submitted revised plans for re-evaluation. Today we are releasing the results of those re-evaluations, along with evaluations of plans created by agencies that were not required to do so, but did anyway.

This is the last time we will audit the open government plans. Currently we are working with a consortia of academic institutions to develop some metrics to measure implementation. Soon, we will release our proposed metrics for public comments. Please let us know if you have any questions about our project, or the results.

Amy Bennett
OpenTheGovernment.org

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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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