open government plan http://open.commerce.gov/extra/taxonomy/term/1/0 en Department of Commerce Open Government Plan Version 3.0 Published http://open.commerce.gov/news/2014/05/30/department-commerce-open-government-plan-version-30-published <div class="content clearfix"> <p><strong><em>Guest blog post by Dr.&nbsp;Catrina Purvis, Chief Privacy Officer and Director of <a href="/open-government-plan">Open Government</a></em></strong></p> <p>On January 21, 2009, President Obama issued the first executive memorandum of his Administration, entitled “Transparency and Open Government.”&nbsp; This memorandum established three guiding principles for the conduct of government activities.&nbsp; Government should be transparent.&nbsp; Government should be participatory.&nbsp; Government should be collaborative. </p> <p>The Department of Commerce (the Department) is fully committed to these principles, and we are pleased to present the <a href="/open-government-plan-0">2014 Department of Commerce Open Government Plan, version 3.0 (the Plan)</a>.&nbsp; The Plan is updated annually, and this release represents its fifth publication.&nbsp; It builds on the Department’s long history of information dissemination and the adoption of new tools and technology to facilitate a more transparent and accessible agency.&nbsp; The Department will continue to encourage and strive for increased participation and collaboration among its employees, with other government agencies and the American people.&nbsp; </p> <p>This year’s Plan provides an overview of the Department’s new 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, describes Department program and functional areas which are critical to Open Government, features three “flagship” Open Government initiatives, and highlights Open Government happenings of ongoing initiatives and activities across the Department’s Bureaus and Operating Units (BOUs). It is available on the Department’s Open Government website at <a href="http://www.commerce.gov/open">www.commerce.gov/open</a>.</p> <p>We invite the American public to join in as the Department moves toward becoming a more open and effective provider of government services and information. Please feel free to provide feedback by submitting comments to <a href="mailto:open@doc.gov">open@doc.gov</a>.</p> </div> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2014/05/30/department-commerce-open-government-plan-version-30-published#comments open government plan Fri, 30 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 mkruger@doc.gov 127 at http://open.commerce.gov Commerce Publishes Open Government Plan Version 2.0 http://open.commerce.gov/news/2012/04/08/commerce-publishes-open-government-plan-version-20 <p>In response to the White House's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/documents/open-government-directive">Open Government Directive</a>, Commerce created and released a <a href="/open-government-plan-archive">Department-wide plan for Open Government</a> on April 7, 2010.&nbsp; Commerce has previously published two versions, 1.0 and 1.5 of the plan that can be found in the plan archive. Commerce is continually working to improve transparency, participation and collaboration. Many of these efforts are identified in the <a href="/open-government-plan">Commerce Open Government Plan Version 2.0</a> released April 5, 2012.</p><p>As outlined in the Directive itself, our Open Government Plan will serve as a "public roadmap that details how [Commerce] will incorporate the principles of the president’s January 21, 2009, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Transparency_and_Open_Government/">Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government</a> into the core mission objectives of [the Department]."</p><p>In version 2.0 Commerce talks about 43 programs and initiatives. Previously these programs and initiatives were listed in a single table with the descriptions following laid out under the operating unit responsible for completion. In the new plan, the single table has been separated into tables of initiatives by operating unit with status and estimate/actual completion dates. The operating units have also been added into the table of contents so you can link directly to an operating unit to find its initiatives. </p><p><strong>Comments Encouraged</strong></p><p>Throughout the process, Commerce's Open Government Team has taken ideas and suggestions from employees and the public. Many of the changes in Commerce initiatives and programs have been generated through this open partnership. As Commerce moves forward in the support of American businesses, it is vital that this communication of ideas continues to grow.&nbsp; To help Commerce keep the conversation fluid, email your ideas and suggestion to <a href="mailto:open@doc.gov">open@doc.gov</a>.<br /><br /><br /></p> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2012/04/08/commerce-publishes-open-government-plan-version-20#comments open government plan Sun, 08 Apr 2012 14:45:00 +0000 ksullivan@doc.gov 121 at http://open.commerce.gov Evaluating Commerce's Open Government Plan Version 1.1 http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/07/01/evaluating-commerces-open-government-plan-version-11 <p>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 <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a> we released earlier this month.<br /> The table below establishes “grades” for each of the major components of our <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a> and the overall result.&nbsp; 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).&nbsp; You can see the full-evaluation by clicking the “Read More” link below.</p><p>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.&nbsp; We are doing this to allow public viewing of where we started leading to where we are now.&nbsp; Our previous versions are under the Open Gov Plan history area. &nbsp;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.&nbsp; Please use the feedback section to give us your comments on the plan.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p> <p><strong>Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Formulating the Plan in the Open</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Transparency Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Participation Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Collaboration Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Flagship Initiatives Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Overall Rating</strong></p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Click "Read More" below to see our complete evaluation.<!--break--></p><p> <strong><em>Self-Evaluation of Commerce's Open Government Plan (June 2010)</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Formulating the Plan in the Open</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Transparency Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Participation Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Collaboration Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Flagship Initiatives Component</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Overall Rating</strong></p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><strong>Formulating the Plan in the Open</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><br /> Was <em>multidisciplinary collaboration</em> involved in formulating the plan? </td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Was <em>public consultation</em> involved in crafting the plan?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Was the plan <em>published in an open format</em>, online, on time and on the open government page and with raw data?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan for <em>continued public engagement</em> as part of the review and modification of the open government plan?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><strong>Transparency Strategic Action Plan</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><br /> Does the plan contain a strategic action plan that <em>inventories agency high-value information</em> currently available for download? </td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan to foster the <em>public’s use of this information</em> to increase public knowledge and promote public scrutiny of agency services?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the action plan <em>identify high value information not yet available</em> and establish a reasonable timeline for publication online in open formats with specific target dates?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>For agencies providing <em>public information in electronic format</em>: Is there a plan for timely publication of underlying data for public information maintained in electronic format?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan <em>identify key audiences for information and their needs</em>, and the agency endeavors to publish high-value information for each of those audiences in the most accessible forms and formats?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan to demarcate <em>educational material</em> as free for re-use?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan detail compliance with <em>transparency initiative guidance</em>, and where gaps exist, detailed steps the agency is taking and the timing to meet the requirements for each initiative:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Data.gov </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>eRulemaking </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>IT Dashboard </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Recovery.gov</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>USAspending.gov </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Are there details of proposed actions (with clear milestones) to inform the public of significant actions and <em>business of the agency</em> (e.g. agency public meetings, briefings, press conferences, town halls)?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address existing <em>record management requirements</em> by providing:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Website link </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Identifying and scheduling all electronic records</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Timely transfer of all permanently valuable records to the National Archives</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address <em>FOIA</em> by providing:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Staffing, organizational structure, and process for responding to FOIA requests? </p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Assessment of capacity to analyze, coordinate and respond to requests in a timely manner?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>If there is a significant FOIA backlog, details on how the agency will reduce the backlog by 10% each year?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address <em>congressional requests</em> by providing a:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Staffing, organizational structure, and process for responding to Congressional requests?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address declassification, if applicable by providing a:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Where the public can learn about declassification programs, accessing declassified materials, and provide input about what types of information should be prioritized for declassification?</p></td> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><strong>Participation</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan explain how the agency will improve participation, including steps the agency will take to revise its current practices to increase opportunities for public participation in and feedback on the agency’s core mission activities (including proposed changes to internal management and administrative policies to improve participation)? </p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan describe and provide links to websites for the public to engage in existing participatory processes?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Are there proposals for new feedback mechanisms (including innovative tools and practices for public engagement)?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><strong>Collaboration</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><br /> Does the plan list steps the agency will take to revise its current practices to further collaboration: </td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>With other Federal and non-Federal government agencies? Including the use of technology platforms to this end?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>With the public? Including the use of technology platforms?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>With non-profit and private entities? Including technology platforms?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Are there links to websites that describe existing collaboration efforts of the agency?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan describe the Innovative methods (e.g. prizes and collaborations) to increase collaboration with the private sector, non-profit, and academic communities?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><strong>Flagship Initiative</strong></p> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan include at least one specific flagship engagement?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the description provide an overview of the initiative: how it addresses one or more of the three openness principles and how it aims to improve agency operations?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does it identify external partners for collaboration (if appropriate)?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan for public participation in contributing innovative ideas to the flagship?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the description explain how the improvements to transparency, participation and/or collaboration will be measured?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr style="border: 1px solid #cccccc;"> <td valign="top"><p>Does the flagship include a description of sustainability and room for improvement?</p></td> <td width="100" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/07/01/evaluating-commerces-open-government-plan-version-11#comments Department of Commerce open government plan open government website Thu, 01 Jul 2010 18:51:44 +0000 dgautsch@doc.gov 112 at http://open.commerce.gov Evaluating Commerce's Open Government Plan, version 1.0 http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/04/26/evaluating-commerces-open-government-plan-version-10 <p>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 <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a> we released earlier this month.</p><p>The table below establishes “grades” for each of the major components of our <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a> and the overall result.&nbsp; 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).&nbsp; You can see the full-evaluation by clicking the “Read More” link below.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>While we would have liked to have fully satisfied every requirement for <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">our Open Government Plan </a>from the start (like our friends at <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/open">HHS</a>, <a href="http://www.dot.gov/open">DOT </a>and <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/open">NASA</a>), we also knew the plan we published on April 7 was a 1.0 release.&nbsp; 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.</p> <h3><strong>Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"><p>Formulating the Plan in the Open</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Transparency Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Participation Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Collaboration Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr><tr><td valign="top"><p>Flagship Initiatives Component</p></td><td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"><p style="text-align: right;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Overall Rating</strong></span></p></td><td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td></tr> </tbody></table><p>Click "Read More" below to see our complete evaluation.</p><p><!--break--></p><h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>Self-Evaluation of Commerce's Open Government Plan (April 2010)</em></strong></span></h3><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><br /></em></strong></span></p> <h3><strong>Overall Grades for Commerce Open Government Plan</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr> <td valign="top"><p>Formulating the Plan in the Open</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Transparency Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Participation Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Collaboration Component</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr><tr><td valign="top"><p>Flagship Initiatives Component</p></td><td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"><p style="text-align: right;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Overall Rating</strong></span></p></td><td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td></tr></tbody></table><h3><strong>Formulating the Plan in the Open</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"><p> Was <em>multidisciplinary collaboration</em> involved in formulating the plan?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Was <em>public consultation</em> involved in crafting the plan?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Was the plan <em>published in an open format</em>, online, on time and on the open government page and with raw data?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan for <em>continued public engagement</em> as part of the review and modification of the open government plan?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <h3><strong>Transparency Strategic Action Plan</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"> Does the plan contain a strategic action plan that <em>inventories agency high-value information</em> currently available for download? </td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan to foster the <em>public’s use of this information</em> to increase public knowledge and promote public scrutiny of agency services?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99"><p>Yellow</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the action plan <em>identify high value information not yet available</em> and establish a reasonable timeline for publication online in open formats with specific target dates?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>For agencies providing <em>public information in electronic format</em>: Is there a plan for timely publication of underlying data for public information maintained in electronic format?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan <em>identify key audiences for information and their needs</em>, and the agency endeavors to publish high-value information for each of those audiences in the most accessible forms and formats?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan to demarcate <em>educational material</em> as free for re-use?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan detail compliance with <em>transparency initiative guidance</em>, and where gaps exist, detailed steps the agency is taking and the timing to meet the requirements for each initiative:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Data.gov </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>eRulemaking </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ff3333"><p>Red</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>IT Dashboard </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ff3333"><p>Red</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Recovery.gov</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>USAspending.gov </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Are there details of proposed actions (with clear milestones) to inform the public of significant actions and <em>business of the agency</em> (e.g. agency public meetings, briefings, press conferences, town halls)?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address existing <em>record management requirements</em> by providing:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Website link </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Identifying and scheduling all electronic records</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Timely transfer of all permanently valuable records to the National Archives</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address <em>FOIA</em> by providing:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Staffing, organizational structure, and process for responding to FOIA requests? </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Assessment of capacity to analyze, coordinate and respond to requests in a timely manner?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>If there is a significant FOIA backlog, details on how the agency will reduce the backlog by 10% each year?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address <em>congressional requests</em> by providing a:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ff3333"><p>Red</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Staffing, organizational structure, and process for responding to Congressional requests?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Does the plan address declassification, if applicable by providing a:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Website link?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Where the public can learn about declassification programs, accessing declassified materials, and provide input about what types of information should be prioritized for declassification?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <h3><strong>Participation</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"><p> Does the plan explain how the agency will improve participation, including steps the agency will take to revise its current practices to increase opportunities for public participation in and feedback on the agency’s core mission activities (including proposed changes to internal management and administrative policies to improve participation)? </p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan describe and provide links to websites for the public to engage in existing participatory processes?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Are there proposals for new feedback mechanisms (including innovative tools and practices for public engagement)?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <h3><strong>Collaboration</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"> Does the plan list steps the agency will take to revise its current practices to further collaboration: </td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>With other Federal and non-Federal government agencies? Including the use of technology platforms to this end?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>With the public? Including the use of technology platforms?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>With non-profit and private entities? Including technology platforms?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Are there links to websites that describe existing collaboration efforts of the agency?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the plan describe the Innovative methods (e.g. prizes and collaborations) to increase collaboration with the private sector, non-profit, and academic communities?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <h3><strong>Flagship Initiative</strong></h3> <table style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; border-collapse: collapse;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"> Does the plan include at least one specific flagship engagement? </td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the description provide an overview of the initiative: how it addresses one or more of the three openness principles and how it aims to improve agency operations?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does it identify external partners for collaboration (if appropriate)?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Is there a plan for public participation in contributing innovative ideas to the flagship?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the description explain how the improvements to transparency, participation and/or collaboration will be measured?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#cbdcb4"><p>Green</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>Does the flagship include a description of sustainability and room for improvement?</p></td> <td width="85" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffff99">Yellow</td> </tr> </tbody></table> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/04/26/evaluating-commerces-open-government-plan-version-10#comments Department of Commerce open government plan open government website Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:28:58 +0000 nsroka@doc.gov 101 at http://open.commerce.gov Secretary Gary Locke: Our Open Government Plan http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/04/07/secretary-gary-locke-our-open-government-plan <p>One of the most troubling things I’ve noticed in politics over the last few years has been the American public's growing disconnect from its government. </p> <p>It’s understandable. Too often, all they hear is the usual noise – who’s up, who’s down, who’s in, who’s out. That’s what gets covered. That’s what makes headlines. </p> <p>For Americans, business as usual in Washington has reinforced the belief that the government benefits the special interests and the well-connected at the expense of the American people. They seek information that can be difficult to find and see taxpayer dollars disappearing without a trace and lobbyists wielding undue influence. </p> <p>Since the day he entered office, President Obama has been determined to change the old ways of Washington. </p> <p>As part of that effort, he’s made an unprecedented commitment to opening the government to the people it serves. These initiatives will have a lasting impact, permanently breaking down barriers between the American people and the government they pay for. </p> <p>Today, federal departments and agencies are putting forward concrete plans for making operations and data more transparent, and expanding opportunities for citizen participation, collaboration, and oversight. These steps will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness across the government. </p> <p>I’m tremendously proud of the work the Open Government Team has put into creating this first iteration of the <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Commerce Department’s Open Government Plan</a>. It establishes clear goals and benchmarks for success, and lays the foundation for continued work on increasing openness, participation and collaboration at Commerce in the months and years to come. </p> <p>But open government is not the work of any single office. </p> <p>The entire Obama administration is moving forward to translate the values of openness into lasting improvements in the way government makes decisions, solves problems and addresses national challenges. It’s a commitment we all share, one that will deepen the American people’s understanding of how their institutions work and their tax dollars are spent.<br /><br /><em>Gary Locke is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce</em></p> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/04/07/secretary-gary-locke-our-open-government-plan#comments open government plan Wed, 07 Apr 2010 17:30:30 +0000 nsroka@doc.gov 97 at http://open.commerce.gov Commerce's Open Government Plan (April 2010) Posted http://open.commerce.gov/node/96 <p>The Open Government Team just posted the Department of Commerce's <a href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan (April 2010)</a>.&nbsp; </p><p><em>You can read, comment on sections and download a complete version of the plan on the <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Plan's page</a> now.</em><br /><br /><strong>Have more ideas for how Commerce can be even more open, transparent, and participatory?</strong>&nbsp; Don't worry, this plan is just the start.&nbsp; 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.</p> http://open.commerce.gov/node/96#comments Department of Commerce open government plan your ideas Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:30:00 +0000 nsroka@doc.gov 96 at http://open.commerce.gov