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White House Unveils Contracting, Security Assistance Transparency Commitments Under 3rd Open Govt Action Plan

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WhiteHouseThe White House has announced seven new initiatives as part of the Third Open Government National Action Plan that seeks to promote transparency, innovation and accountability in the government.

The White House said in a report released Tuesday two of the initiatives seek to support open contracting and promote transparency of the U.S. security sector assistance.

The U.S. government will work to convene government contracting professionals to collect feedback on their experiences with contracting data in support of the Open Contracting Data Standard.

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department will also seek insights from small businesses on the types of contracting data they need.

The U.S. government also plans to build up transparency of U.S. security sector assistance through the Defense Department‘s participation in the self-assessment and peer review process as part of NATO’s Building Integrity Program, implementation of an interagency assessment and evaluation framework as well as development of additional anti-corruption measures.

Other initiatives include the government’s commitment to promote Internet connectivity, advance scientific partnerships on the Arctic and leverage data in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A White House blog article posted Tuesday says that the Open Government Partnership has increased to 70 member countries that resulted in the release of over 130 national action plans that contain initiatives on public service delivery, anticorruption efforts, freedom of information and open data.

OGP also has conducted regional events in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe and expanded to other subnational governments worldwide through a 15-city pilot program, according to the post by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Cori Zarek, deputy CTO.

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