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Citation Edit

Office of the President, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (Jan. 21, 2009) (full-text).

Overview Edit

In this Memorandum, the President called for the establishment of “a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

The President emphasized that “[k]nowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.”

Subsequent developments Edit

Following the President’s memorandum, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the Open Government Directive,[1] which required a series of concrete steps to implement the system of transparency, participation, and collaboration.

References Edit

  1. OMB Memorandum M-10-06, Open Government Directive (Dec. 8, 2009) (full-text).

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