Open Government Plans on Transparency, Participation and Collaboration

Federal agencies and departments had to publish their (draft) plans of their proposed changes to increase transparency, participation and collaboration as part of the Whitehouse’s Open Government Initiative last week. As Beth Noveck, United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of the White House Open Government Initiative (OSTP) writes on the Whitehouse blog:

The plans are chock full of examples of concrete efforts — not lip service — to making open government happen in practice and creating genuine opportunity for meaningful and practical civic engagement.

Except for two agencies, all plans seem to meet the expectations in this early stage. I am currently in the process of evaluating the collaborations parts of all 29 plans and will post my results soon.


About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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