Frequently Asked Questions


Open Government
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Privacy Act (PA)
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)  


Directives Management  

What is Open Government?

The White House's Open Government Directive requires Cabinet-level agencies, such as the Department of Commerce, to pass certain milestones as part of our efforts to be more open and transparent. The Department of Commerce (the Department) is committed to the principles of Open Government

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How can I submit ideas/suggestions?

Got an idea you'd like to contribute to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Open Government plan? Know a Commerce data set that, if released, could be used in interesting ways? Have some strong opinions on how Commerce could be more transparent?

Let us know using our citizen engagement tool,

By using our citizen engagement tool, you can work with the Commerce Open Government team by providing your own ideas for the Department's Open Government Plan, voting up and down others' ideas and participating in the larger dialogue about openness and transparency at Commerce.

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Questions and Comments

Send Questions or Comments on the Commerce Office of Privacy and Open Government programs to

Office of Privacy and Open Government
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce


Page last updated:October 28, 2016