David S. Ferriero
Archivist of the United States
--As reported at the Joint NAGARA/CoSA Meeting in Austin in July
2015, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an
active participant for the development of the third US Open Government
National Action Plan. Below is the original June 2015 blog post from the
Since the United States joined the Open Government Partnership in
2011, U.S. agencies have been working alongside civil society to develop
and implement commitments to increase transparency, improve
participation, and curb corruption. From opening up Federal spending
data to make it easier to see how taxpayer dollars are spent, to the We the People online
petition site where the public can propose U.S. policy changes, to
strengthening efforts to deny safe haven in the U.S. to corrupt
individuals, our efforts to advance open government are making an
Consistent with the commitment to the Open Government Partnership,
later this year the United States plans to publish a third Open
Government National Action Plan (NAP) including new and expanded open
government initiatives to pursue in the next two years. The first U.S.
NAP was published in 2011 and the second NAP — which is still
being implemented through the end of 2015 — was published in 2013.
These plans are a true team effort — governments work alongside civil
society in all 65 OGP countries to develop and implement the efforts
within the plans. Over the next several months, we encourage you to
contribute your ideas and work with us to build an ambitious third NAP!
How can you contribute?
Please share any NAP suggestions with us via email at email@example.com or
tweet us at @OpenGov. You can also contribute ideas to a publicly
available Hackpad — an open, collaborative platform — that the General
Services Administration is helping coordinate. (You will need to create
an account on that site before viewing and contributing to content on
You may wish to suggest expanded commitments on topic areas from the
first two plans such as public participation, open data, records
management, natural resource revenue transparency, the Freedom of
Information Act, open innovation, or open educational resources, among
others. You may also wish to suggest entirely new initiatives — and we
hope you do!
The OGP provides guidance on creating NAPs and directs that commitments should be:
- Ambitious: pushing government beyond current practice by strengthening transparency, accountability, and public participation;
- Relevant: advancing one of the four open government
principles of (1) transparency, (2) accountability, (3) participation,
and/or (4) technology and innovation;
- Specific: describing the problem to be solved and expected outcomes; and
- Measurable: allowing independent observers to gauge whether the commitment has been completed.
As you suggest possible initiatives for the next NAP to help ensure
the United States pursues bold, ambitious efforts, please tell us how
those suggestions would achieve these criteria.