Written byDavid Stegon
The United States today joins nations from around the world in releasing its Open Government National Action Plan, an initiative started this July when the United States and Brazil created the Open Government Partnership to promote more transparent, effective and accountable governments worldwide.
President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, along with other members of the partnership’s eight founding governments, will welcome 38 new members to the partnership. The eight founding members all released national action plans while new members will develop their own plans to be released at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March of 2012.
The founding governments will also endorse the Open Government Declaration of Principles, which recognizes the value of enhancing transparency, reducing corruption, promoting civic engagement and employing new technology and tools in pursuit of improving lives.
Federal Chief Information Officer Aneesh Chopra and Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, highlighted the plan on the White House blog.