The purpose of the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan is to advance transparency, accountability, citizen participation, & technological innovation across government. Now, thanks to an effort supported by the General Services Administration, you have until October 2, 2017 – just a few more days – to share your ideas to advance open government & provide feedback on othersâ suggestions usingÂ GitHub.
Github is a social coding platform that the federal government has adopted to gather public feedback on policies like theÂ federal source code policy. The National Archives is using the site to allow the public to contribute to our currentÂ Agency Open Government Plan, & to foster discussion about our newÂ Strategic Plan.
As the Archivist of the United States, one of my priorities has been to show how a small agency like the National Archives can not only contribute, but lead in fulfilling the vision of open governmentâs three principles: transparency, participation, & collaboration. Since 2010, the National Archives has made and delivered on close to two hundred specific commitments in ourÂ agency open government plans, & the National Archives has had responsibility for critical components of theÂ U.S. Open Government National Action Plans,Â including leading work to modernize recordkeeping across the federal government and help agencies transition to a modern, electronic globe.
There is always more to do, though. One of the commitments proposed by the National Archives for the Fourth U.S. Open Government National Action Plan is tightly aligned with the vision laid out in our new Strategic Plan to streamline digital access to our nationâs records & accelerate the adoption of electronic record-keeping practices by federal agencies. This proposed commitment requires NARA to no longer accept transfers of records to the National Archives in a non-digital format after December 31, 2022. In response to feedback the National Archives received on our Strategic Plan from staff and external commenters, we have updated the Plan to modified the language of this objective to recognize that NARA may need to accept a limited number of analog records after the deadline.
We are eager to hear from you! I'm hope you will take the opportunity toÂ browseÂ the ideas that have already been submitted & share your reactions. In addition to the commitment to streamline access to digital records, the National Archives has submitted several potential commitments involving the work of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman housed within the National Archives, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS); these commitments include efforts to improve the efficiency of the FOIA process through the use of advisory opinions & to increase coordination between agency records management & FOIA offices.
We look forward to hearing your ideas & feedback, & to working with you to continue to drive forward open government.