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Commerce Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

On January 18, 2011, in Executive Order 13563, the President directed each agency to review their "existing significant regulations, and consider how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned."

In response to this directive, Commerce created and released a preliminary plan for review of its regulations on May 26, 2011.

Commerce welcomes the public's comments and feedback on this preliminary plan.  Please send your comments to open@doc.gov with "EO 13563 retrospective plan" in the subject line of the email.  We will accept comments until midnight on July 25th.

Commerce Regulatory Compliance Plan

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued a Memorandum for all Executive Departments and Agencies on Regulatory Compliance.  The Memorandum requires all agencies with regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement responsibilities to develop plans to make information related to regulatory compliance and enforcement activities accessible, downloadable and searchable online. 

The Department of Commerce’s twelve operating units and the Office of the Secretary are all involved in the regulatory process.  Three of these operating units are involved in compliance and enforcement activities:   the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a Line Office within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Commerce is committed to making its compliance and enforcement information transparent and readily available to the public.

To read the full Commerce Regulatory Compliance Plan, read the attached PDF.

Evaluating Commerce's Open Government Plan Version 1.1

The Commerce Open Government team was recently asked to assess just how well we answered the core questions of the Open Government Directive with the Open Government Plan we released earlier this month.
The table below establishes “grades” for each of the major components of our Open Government Plan and the overall result.  These grades were decided by looking at the 30 distinct questions/requirements laid out in the Directive itself and determining whether our plan fully satisfied (Green), partially satisfied (Yellow) or failed to address (Red).  You can see the full-evaluation by clicking the “Read More” link below.

Overall, we think the Commerce Department, like most other Federal Agencies tasked with responding, has partially satisfied the requirements for the Open Government plans and we're working quickly to address those parts that aren't quite there or could be better. You will notice that we have the previous and current versions on our Open Gov Web site.  We are doing this to allow public viewing of where we started leading to where we are now.  Our previous versions are under the Open Gov Plan history area.  We'll continue to make changes, as soon as they're completed, we'll put them up on this site and make sure you know about them.  Please use the feedback section to give us your comments on the plan.

While we would have liked to be green in all areas and fully satisfied every requirement for our Open Government Plan, we know the plan we publish is a living document this is version 1.1 release it has some updates to the previous version.  As we move forward we are working with all of our partners in both internal Commerce Bureaus and external partners to ensure the Commerce Plan grows and meets the public needs for information sharing.

Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan

Formulating the Plan in the Open

Green

Transparency Component

Yellow

Participation Component

Green

Collaboration Component

Yellow

Flagship Initiatives Component

Yellow

Overall Rating

Yellow

Click "Read More" below to see our complete evaluation.

Evaluating Commerce's Open Government Plan, version 1.0

The Commerce Open Government team was recently asked to assess just how well we answered the core questions of the Open Government Directive with the Open Government Plan we released earlier this month.

The table below establishes “grades” for each of the major components of our Open Government Plan and the overall result.  These grades were decided by looking at the 30 distinct questions/requirements laid out in the Directive itself and determining whether our plan fully satisfied (Green), partially satisfied (Yellow) or failed to address (Red).  You can see the full-evaluation by clicking the “Read More” link below.

Overall, we think the Commerce Department, like most other Federal Agencies tasked with responding, has partially satisfied the requirements for the Open Government plans and we're working quickly to address those parts that aren't quite there or could be better.  We'll make these changes over the next few weeks and, as soon as they're completed, we'll put them up on this site and make sure you know about them.

While we would have liked to have fully satisfied every requirement for our Open Government Plan from the start (like our friends at HHS, DOT and NASA), we also knew the plan we published on April 7 was a 1.0 release.  In the weeks ahead, we'll do everything we can to make the report we were proud to unveil earlier this month an even stronger.

Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan

Formulating the Plan in the Open

Green

Transparency Component

Yellow

Participation Component

Green

Collaboration Component

Yellow

Flagship Initiatives Component

Yellow

Overall Rating

Yellow

Click "Read More" below to see our complete evaluation.

Commerce's Open Government Plan (April 2010) Posted

The Open Government Team just posted the Department of Commerce's Open Government Plan (April 2010)

You can read, comment on sections and download a complete version of the plan on the Plan's page now.

Have more ideas for how Commerce can be even more open, transparent, and participatory?  Don't worry, this plan is just the start.  We're looking forward to reporting back on our progress and working with you on developing new goals and ideas for Open Government in the weeks and months ahead.