Open Government Directive

Take a gander our our Nation’s Open Government Directive from 2009.

“The three principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration form the cornerstone of an open government.  Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the Government is doing.  Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of information that is widely dispersed in society.  Collaboration improves the effectiveness of Government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the Federal Government, across levels of government, and between the Government and private institutions.”


The entire document is a long read (and I have not read it word for word, yet), but lays out the framework and some reasonable action steps.


I came across the above while looking for “We the People“.


Oh, why am I making a post about government in an education blog? This is more relevant for the Board and the Administration, and how communication happens.


3 Responses to “Open Government Directive”

  1. pattsi Says:

    Are you certain that the link connected to “We the people” is correct? P2

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    Yes. Why? I was looking for “we the people” and I googled “open white house government”. Try it. 🙂 I didn’t get “we the people” on google until I tried other keywords (petitions, I think).

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    Wow, I am reading the “Open Government” guidelines and am blown away – that is some serious smack! You have to have a robust Content Management System (CMS), a dedicated staff of knowledgeable people to support the various technologies in addition to being responsible for reading and collating public commentary, all within strict time deadlines. Wow!

    This plan totally caters to the online public; there is absolutely no mention and no effort to actively reach out beyond the cyber walls of the “Open Government” online presence. I am cool with that insofar as it has clearly defined its scope and has an exceptionally lucid and very direct method of working within that scope. The premise seems to be “build it, and they will come”. Since 2009, have the people come?

    Again, Wow! This is a huge push. I would love to find some analysis of how well this is actually working, and if it skews perception (either way).

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