Is Open Government Here for DHS?
A little over a year has passed since the Administration issued the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. This memorandum directed federal departments and agencies to take specific actions to implement a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government; a government in which there is no barrier between the people and their government. Agencies have taken some steps in making their work more transparent for the American people, and in December, the Administration issued the Open Government Directive which called on all agencies to create an open government Web page by February 6, 2009. Over the last weekend, DHS and many other agencies launched Web pages to serve as the gateway for implementing their agency’s version of the Open Government Directive.
So why is this so important to you? Well, DHS wants your input on their Open Government Plan. How should DHS increase transparency? What is the best way to foster a culture of participation around critical homeland security issues? Do you have ideas to help increase collaboration? They want to hear from you! Their online participation tool will be available until March 19, 2010. You can contribute your own ideas and rate ideas that others have submitted.