Recently, the White House hosted Stakeholder Engagement Workshops – an informal meet-up for citizens and federal agencies to discuss progress on Open Government. The third version of our Open Gov Plan is due June 1st.
My Open Innovation teammates and I took the opportunity to attend the event. We gained valuable insights from citizen activists on what they want to see in agency plans, as well as how they will judge our progress on White House mandates for transparency, collaboration, and participation. We spoke with representatives from three organizations: the Center for Effective Government, the Government Accountability Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists; shared our 2014 flagship initiatives; and received thoughtful guidance about how NASA can publish the best plan possible. We also received feedback from Creative Commons, who provided an opinion on the types of licensing models all federal agencies could consider.
The representative from the Center for Effective Government shared his interest in a number of topics, including the Freedom of Information Act, electronic records management, and centralized regulations. He informed us of several new interagency activities to create a government-wide one-stop-FOIA-shop. We discussed our flagship initiatives: Climate.Data.gov, NASA’s Information Project, and the Asteroid Grand Challenge.