September 16, 2011
White House Issues Status Report on Open Government Initiatives
The White House released a status report today on its various open government initiatives. Highlights include the following:
- FOIA. The White House reports that its efforts to increase responses to FOIA requests, improve proactive FOIA disclosures, and develop a better FOIA infrastructure have been successful and are continuing.
- Open Government Initiative. The report gives an update on the administration's Open Government Initiative, which includes the Open Government Directive and agency Open Government plans.
- Data.gov. The White House reports that Data.gov, it's two-year-old effort to put various agency data sets in one accessible location and on a single platform, has been successful and has yielded some innovative private initiatives to share information.
- Transparency in Spending. The report updates on administration efforts to increase transparency in how it spends taxes.
- Classified Information. The White House reports that it has revamped the process for classifying and declassifying government information, resulting in less unnecessary classifications and greater disclosure.
- White House Information. The report updates on greater transparency in White House information, e.g., publicizing the daily schedule, tax returns, financial disclosure forms, and visitor logs, among other information.
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