Unprecedented Evaluation Finds US Government Met Most of its 2011 Commitments

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

OpenTheGovernment.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access, promoting government transparency, preserving records and reducing government secrecy.  As of March, 12 2013 their comprehensive evaluation, the Civil Society Report on Implementation of the First US National Action Plan, is available.  iPAC Co-Director and OpenTheGovernment.org partner, John Carlo Bertot, contributed to the report which evaluates the U.S. Governments National Action Plan.

From OpenTheGovernment.org,

The US met most of its 2011 commitments to make the government more open and accountable according to an unprecented evaluation of the US’ efforts to implement its first National Action Plan. President Obama presented the US’s commitments at the launch of the Open Government Partnership on September 20, 2011.

While the Plan reflected many of the priorities of open government advocates, the specific commitments included in the plan do not put the US on a path to accomplish those goals quickly. According to Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, “The Administration should be commended for taking good first, if often small, steps forward on a number of issues. Achieving the greater goal of transforming government to be open and accountable to the public, though, will require the proverbial giant leap."

Full Press Release.

Visual representation, via Prezi, of the process of evaluating Government Action.