Monday marked a milestone in the open government movement as federal agencies released updates to their original open government plans, giving timelines for completing the initiatives outlined in the first set of plans as well as establishing new commitments for the future.
The updates come approximately two years after the first plans were released as required by President Obama’s Open Government Directive.
“Today, agencies are releasing updates of their plans, which include timelines for completing the initiatives in their previous plans, as well as new commitments. We’ve continued to make agency plans a priority, stating in the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan that we would work with agencies as they implement their plans,” wrote Federal Deputy Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein and White House Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein on the White House blog.
“Of course, implementing a plan can be harder than writing it. As a next step, agencies will receive feedback from the public, open government advocates, and their colleagues across government on their revised plans over the coming week. Then, they’ll make revisions based on that feedback.”