It's been 120 days since President Obama signed a memorandum
asking for unprecedented openness in government. This day-one transparency memo
required that OMB, GSA, and the federal CTO would provide the president with recommendations for an Open Government Directive today. While the day is not yet over, it looks like these open government recommendations, ironically, aren't being made public. Fortunately, that's not the end of the story.
Today the White House is launching a new Open Government initiative, and starting by asking the public questions about what we want from an open government using the current "request for comment" process
. In addition, citizens are being asked to "brainstorm" ideas via government site called the "Open Government Dialogue
." However, the site sits on a .COM domain and it's not all that clear it has the imprimatur of the White House, save for a poorly rendered graphic of Presidential Seal. Go figure. While the origin of the site is opaque, the execution of soliciting public feedback via an interactive environment is excellent.
We welcome this request for comments. A week ago, we signed on to a letter
asking Beth Noveck, who has been heading up the Open Government Directive process, to take advantage of the public input processes we already use in government every day.
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