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September 26, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Status Report On Obama Administrationís Commitment to Open Government

On Sept. 16, the White House released "The Obama Administration’s Commitment to Open Government: A Status Report "(PDF). This status report highlights the breadth of the administration’s commitment to open government, documents the substantial progress made on many of the administration’s open government initiatives (www.whitehouse.gov/open), and anticipates continued progress. Although not an exhaustive compilation of its open government efforts, this report provides a picture of how far the administration has already come toward forging a more open government.

President Obama has made open government a high priority. The administration has taken many substantial steps to promote increased participation and collaboration in government, and to make government more transparent. For example, federal agencies have increased transparency through redoubled efforts to disclose more information under the Freedom of Information Act. They have implemented ambitious Open Government Plans, and made voluminous data newly available to the public. The administration has also made spending information more transparent, and taken steps to disclose previously sensitive government information. Finally, agencies have used technology in many innovative ways that make information useful to citizens in their everyday lives.

On Sept. 20, the U.S. National Action Plan on Open Government was formally launched at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. The plan is an ambitious effort to promote accountability, empower people with information they “can readily find and use,” and ensure public officials tap into the expertise and wisdom of the American people when setting policy.

Source: The White House



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