OMB extends comment period on A-130 revision


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The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has extended the public comment period for the revised version of the A-130 circular by 15 days after a number of open government groups asked for more time to assess the changes.

In a comment on the A-130’s GitHub page, filed Nov. 12, 11 open government advocacy groups and trade associations asked for 30 days to weigh various changes OMB has made in regards to privacy and security.

“The Circular No. A-130 has a significant impact on public access to government information, as well as the management of federal government records and other resources that are vital to the public interest,” wrote Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of government transparency group “It is with this in mind that we request this extension in order to fully engage our communities on the proposed revision, and to allow proper time to review the document and provide thoughtful comment.”

OMB’s Chief of Policy, Planning, Budget, and Communications Jamie Berryhill submitted a response Thursday, saying the comment period will be extended until December 5. It had been scheduled to expire midnight Friday.

The A-130 revision is the first time the circular, which governs the federal use of IT, has been updated since 2000, and the draft rewrite incorporates a number of new federal policies and standards that have been created over the past 15 years.

Comments can be made on the document’s GitHub page.

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