The Third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan

Third U.S. National Action is proud to announce its role in supporting commitments in the third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), announced today at the OGP Summit in Mexico City, Mexico. The OGP is a multilateral initiative with 66 member countries aimed at making government more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.

Under the third National Action Plan, the United States is committed to more than 40 new or enhanced open government initiatives. Open data is a core component of open government, and is excited to be part of the U.S. National Action Plan commitment for the third time.

For the third NAP, will focus on continuing efforts to improve the use of public feedback on what federal data needs to be released or made more accessible, as part of its work with agencies to implement the federal Open Data Policy. On a daily basis, receives user feedback from Americans who rely on federal open data to advance their interests in commerce, health care, education, safety, and much more. Under the third NAP, will work with the Office of Management and Budget to establish user-friendly feedback mechanisms to connect data users directly to agencies, in order to ensure that agencies receive and act promptly on public requests and suggestions. In addition, will support NAP commitments on developing national open data guidelines and making municipal data more accessible to citizens as part of the Municipal Data Network. We look forward to continuing our role in expanding access to government data and delivering on an international commitment for open government on behalf of the United States.

3 Responses to “The Third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan”

  1. Shayne Babineau

    This sound great. I will test drive it.

  2. Lewis Baker

    I had a discussion with Mike Muse of USEPA today. I inquired about the 2005 policy making the location of public drinking water wells and intakes Sensitive Info, and therefor not subject to publication. I wanted to know if the policy has been reviewed since then, to determine if it should be changed. He said it had been reviewed, that it was not changed, and there was no public document regarding the review process.
    It is my belief that the continuing secrecy of this info hinders our ability to protect public water supplies from the numerous spills that occur daily in USA, which far outweighs the negligible risk of terrorists attacking our water supplies. Especially, if one considers the fact that experts recognize the wells and intakes do not represent the most vulnerable parts of our water systems. The locations for the most vulnerable parts, such as water plants and storage tanks, are not restricted info.
    In my state we now have a new law, which now allows for fining and even jailing anyone who publicizes the locations of public water wells and intakes, or even the potential sources of contamination located in their protection areas. This law, derived from the USEPA’s 2005 policy, and pushed here by special interests representing the sources of contamination, will inhibit free speech and lessen efforts by citizens to protect their water supplies.
    Please help me understand the direction of the federal gov’t in this regard. Is it towards open gov’t abnd citizen’s right to know, or not. If it is, this might help change the direction of my state gov’t.

    Lewis Baker
    Source Water Protection Specialist
    WV Rural Water Association
    304 201-1689

  3. laxmi

    very great information.

  4. Chineye

    This sounds cool..!

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