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General Information & Instructions
Click on the dropdown boxes below for “General Information and Instructions.” To take online training, scroll down to “Open Government Training Curriculum & Resources.” For sample documentation, scroll down to “Last Step: Training Documentation.”
Washington’s open government requirements are in state law. Open public records laws are in the Public Records Act at RCW 42.56. Open public meetings laws are in the Open Public Meetings Act at RCW 42.30. These are Washington’s “sunshine laws.” In addition, records management and retention laws are at RCW 40.14.
Public agencies must have a good command of these laws. Training is a key component in correctly implementing and complying with the laws. Training is an important risk management tool. Training can help establish a “culture of compliance” within an agency. Training can
How can we strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative?
June 26, 2009
The Open Government Dialogue is now closed. Because of your participation, this dialogue has generated a rich collection of ideas that will shape the President’s commitment to making our government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.
This dialogue represented the first of a three-phase process that is soliciting public input in crafting recommendations on open government. Summaries of the brainstorming that has occurred here, and of subsequent phases in the process, can be found on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog.
Visit the White House Open Government Initiative website for more information.
The National Academy of Public Administration
On January 21st, the President issued the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an unprecedented level of openness in government. In the memorandum,
Openness and Transparency principles permeate all levels and stages of mission/business delivery at USDA. The 2016 updates in the USDA Open Government Plan 4.0 address operational outcomes achieved since the last Plan update (v3, 2014), along with planned future improvements in specific Open subject areas.
This USDA Open Government Plan 4.0 Update (PDF, 874 KB) is the fifth iteration of Open planning at the Department. It is preceded by Open Plans 1.0 (2010), 1.1 (2010), 2.0 (2012) and 3.0 (2014). Plan 4.0 continues to build from its predecessors; in that Plans 1.0 and 1.1 were primarily foundational in nature and focused on establishing and launching basic Open structures and procedures, while Plan 2.0 emphasized the promotion of new Open media and Open cultural changes. Plan 3.0 reported wide ranging successes and announced progressive future objectives in practicing Open as a business norm and accepting Open as a strategic organizational value.
Eddie Taveras, New York immigration manager for FWD.us, discusses the Green Light bill during an interview in the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau, April 10, 2019.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Federal immigration and border officials have been blocked from New York’s DMV database, a move that keeps them from accessing data that can be used to help determine whether a vehicle owner has a criminal history or a warrant for their arrest.
New York’s Green Light Law took effect Saturday, allowing those without legal immigration status to apply for driver’s licenses in New York.
But the law also included a provision prohibiting state DMV officials from providing any of its data to entities that enforce immigration law unless a judge orders them to, leading the state to cut off database access to at least three federal agencies last week.
Among them were U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP
On his first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum to all Federal Agencies directing them to break down barriers to transparency, participation, and collaboration between the Federal Government and the people it serves. For more information on this presidential initiative visit White House Open Government Initiative.
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VA’s Open Government Plan
The Open Government Directive mandated that Executive Departments and Agencies would create a plan to detail the specific actions it would take to become more transparent, to increase participation, and to be more collaborative. On April 7, 2010, after soliciting ideas from the public, we released our plan—and it’s something we look forward to implementing. View VA’s Open Government Plan.
VA’s Customer Service Plan
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fulfills President Lincoln’s promise to care for all Veterans and his or her family. As required by Executive Order
In April of 2010, our Open Government Task Force assembled the Department’s first comprehensive Open Government Plan. Two years later, we’ve met many of our objectives and started new initiatives since the first 2010 release. This is our April 2012 update to our Open Government Plan.
Below you will find the original 2010 plan in an entirety. You may notice that the original text may list activities in the future tense. This release provides 2012 updates to the original plan in two sections. New initiatives are listed with “NEW for 2012” headings. Each of the original initiatives has a “2012 Update” box below each listing. We’ve chosen this format to make clear distinctions for the 2012 additions as well as 2012 updates to our original initiatives.
In summary for 2012, we are pleased to announce our three new flagship initiatives:
Open Government helps the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) achieve better communication with the public and major stakeholders to protect human health and the environment.
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 was signed into law in January 2019. The law incorporates many of the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (2017) to improve the use of evidence and data to generate policies and inform programs in the federal government.
The new law requires the development of learning agendas, enhances open Government policy initiatives, and promotes enhanced public access to agency data assets. All agencies are now required to develop evidence-based policy and evaluation plans as part of regular business.
Agencies are also required to designate an Evaluation Officer, a Chief Data Officer and a Statistical Official to support and implement the new requirements. EPA has named the following people to these positions: