Agencies should use their websites to bring the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into the 21st century. Every agency should allow the public to submit and track FOIA requests, and to receive responses, on the agency website. Specifically, each agency should have an email address and a web form where the public can submit FOIA requests. All agency websites should include an easy-to-understand explanation of how to submit ...more »
Agencies are disclosing lots of information online, but it's very inconsistent between agencies. There should be a minimum baseline of information that all agencies must consistently post on their websites – a transparency floor. The current OMB guidance establishes a few categories of information to be disclosed by each agency, but the categories need to be significantly updated and expanded. The new list of categories ...more »
This allows better community support and access to talent that can design and program for these popular platforms. Government is part of a society's commons and following that ethic should contribute to the virtual commons as well. Leveraging and growing the social capital of all our Commons is not only virtuous, it is also more efficient.
Agencies should design their websites and online tools to facilitate interoperability and re-use by other agencies and external developers. Improving the interoperability of online datasets with other information and tools from inside and outside the government multiplies the value of agency websites by enabling mashups and innovative applications. Agencies should also facilitate re-use by publishing in open machine-readable ...more »
Allow departments and teams to use social media in more open ways, without the rigid top-down control many social media policies in gov currently have. Encourage use of them for Open Gov principles: transparency, participation, collaboration.