WRITTEN ON January 24th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, What do we want?

This is much more closer to ideal:

For Immediate Release January 21, 2009
January 21, 2009


SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented
level of openness in Government. We will work together to
ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency,
public participation, and collaboration. Openness will
strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and
effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes
accountability and provides information for citizens about
what their Government is doing. Information maintained by
the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration
will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy,
to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can
readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies
should harness new technologies to put information about their
operations and decisions online and readily available to the
public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit
public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances
the Government’s effectiveness and improves the quality of its
decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and
public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed
knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer
Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking
and to provide their Government with the benefits of their
collective expertise and information. Executive departments
and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can
increase and improve opportunities for public participation
in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively
engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive
departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods,
and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels of
Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and
individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and
agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve
their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities
for cooperation.

I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the
Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the
Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development
by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within
120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive,
to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive
departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing
the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent
agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.
This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any
right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at
law or in equity by a party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees,
or agents, or any other person.

This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.


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