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Chopra and Kundra Assess Open Gov Plans

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vivek-kundraFederal CTO and CIO Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra believe that the Open Government Initiatives for each agency “are off to a good start–but have much more work to do.”

In a blog post on the White House website, Chopra and Kundra outlined three major findings from reviews of the plans submitted by agencies against the requirements of the Open Government Directive. These findings include that there is more still to be done, practices for open government should be reviewed and most agencies are on board with the open government concept.

While Kundra and Chopra praised the agencies for completing the process, includng some agencies not specifically bound by the directive. However, more work needs to be done for the agencies to meet the standards outlined in the initiative.

“Only three of the cabinet and other key agencies won a green flag for across-the-board excellence. All the others – including our own offices of OSTP and OMB – have more work to do before the Plan fully satisfies every requirement in the Directive,” they write. “With your feedback, we are keen to improve upon these living documents to fulfill the letter and the spirit of the Directive.”

NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transportation were the three agencies to achieve approved status across the board.

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