open government website http://open.commerce.gov/extra/taxonomy/term/2/0 en 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 Connect with Commerce http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/02/18/connect-commerce <p>In order to encourage transparency, participation, and collaboration in government, it is time that Commerce comes to you on some of your favorite social media and information-sharing sites. As part of the Open Government initative, you can now connect with the U.S. Department of Commerce on<a href="http://www.youtube.com/commercenews"> YouTube,&nbsp;</a> <a href="http://facebook.com/commercegov">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/commercegov">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://myspace.com/commercegov">MySpace</a> .</p><table style="margin: 0pt auto; padding: 0pt; width: 159px; vertical-align: top; border: none;"><tbody><tr style="border: none;"><td style="border: none;" valign="top"><a title="Click to go to the Commerce YouTube channel" href="http://www.youtube.com/CommerceNews"><img src="/sites/all/themes/open-gov/images/icon-youtube.png" alt="YouTube Icon" width="42" height="42" /></a></td><td style="border: none;" width="98" valign="top"><a title="Click to go to the Commerce Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/commercegov"><img src="/sites/all/themes/open-gov/images/icon-facebook.png" alt="Facebook Icon" width="42" height="42" /></a></td><td style="border: none;" valign="top"><a title="Click to go to the Commerce Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/CommerceGov"><img src="/sites/all/themes/open-gov/images/icon-twitter.png" alt="Twitter Icon" width="42" height="42" /></a></td><td style="border: none;" valign="top"><a title="Click to go to the Commerce MySpace page" href="http://www.myspace.com/commercegov"><img src="/sites/all/themes/open-gov/images/icon-myspace.png" alt="MySpace Icon" width="42" height="42" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br />We know that you may not be able to visit <a href="http://www.commerce.gov/open">Commerce.gov/open</a> everyday, so we wanted to provide some alternative ways for you to keep up to date with the latest news and initiatives from the Department of Commerce that ultimately affect you and your community. </p><p>While we know our new presences on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace need a bit of work (OK, our MySpace presence needs <em>a lot </em>of work), we wanted to let you know about them ASAP so you could share your thoughts about how to use them most effectively going forward. Have a great idea for a YouTube-based video contest or a Commerce Facebook App?&nbsp; Post it in the comments section below. </p><p>Whether it is photos on <a href="http://facebook.com/commercegov">Facebook</a>, live-tweets from an event on <a href="http://twitter.com/commercegov">Twitter</a>, discussions on <a href="http://myspace.com/commercegov">MySpace</a>, or video updates from Secretary Locke on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/commercenews">Youtube</a>, we hope to offer a fun way to follow what's new at Commerce and join the conversation. Invite your friends on Facebook or MySpace and your followers on Twitter to join as well. </p><p>Finally, let us know by posting a comment if there are other information-sharing and social media sites that you would like to use to connect with Commerce. </p> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/02/18/connect-commerce#comments open government website Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:24:52 +0000 nsutton@ntia.doc.gov 85 at http://open.commerce.gov Welcome to Commerce.gov/open http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/02/04/welcome-commercegovopen <p>Thanks for stopping by our brand new site on Open Government at the U.S. Department of Commerce, <a href="http://www.commerce.gov/open">Commerce.gov/open</a>.</p><p>This website, launched in response to the President's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/documents/open-government-directive">Open Government Directive</a>, aims to document the U.S. Department of Commerce's efforts to become more open, participatory and collaborative in engaging U.S. citizens.</p><p>You can use it to <a title="Data Sets" href="/data-sets">find out about the data sets</a> we're posting on Data.gov, learn how to <a title="Freedom of Information Act" href="/freedom-information-act">make a FOIA request</a>, or take a look at the latest draft of our <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a> (coming soon!).</p><p>Most important, we want to use this site to interact with you. In addition to leaving comments on any news item on this site or e-mailing us at <a href="mailto:open@doc.gov">open@doc.gov</a>, we also encourage you to use our citizen engagement tool, <a href="http://opencommerce.ideascale.com/">OpenCommerce.IdeaScale.com</a>, to contribute your thoughts and ideas concerning our <a title="Open Government Plan" href="/open-government-plan">Open Government Plan</a>. </p><p>With your help, we can make sure that Commerce's plan for Open Government is one of the most comprehensive and creative plans produced by a government agency.</p> http://open.commerce.gov/news/2010/02/04/welcome-commercegovopen#comments open government website Thu, 04 Feb 2010 17:42:29 +0000 nsroka@doc.gov 81 at http://open.commerce.gov