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On January 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government affirming his Administration's commitment to innovation in government. The President's Memorandum calls for the development of recommendations for a Directive. This Directive will, in turn, instruct departments and agencies on specific actions that implement the principles outlined in the President's memorandum:
- Transparency — "[P]ut information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public."
- Participation — "[O]ffer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking."
- Collaboration — "[U]se innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate . . . across all levels of Government and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector."