Open Government at the National Archives

Open Government at the National Archives

Updates on Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration

April 2014 - NARA publishes its Plain Writing Compliance Report for 2013. Learn more about NARA's plain writing efforts and previous reports on Archives.gov/open/plain-writing.

April 2, 2014 - The NDC Blog seeks public suggestions for what should be included in the National Archives and Records Administration's third open government plan, with an emphasis on declassification topics.  Read more on the NDC blog.

April 2, 2014 - The National Archives seeks public feedback into the development of the agency's third Open Government Plan.  Read about this and comment on the NARAtions blog post, "Have Your Say: Open Government at the Archives!" or send your suggestions to opengov@nara.gov.

February 12, 2014 - The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks public feedback into proposed changes to the grants program.  Read more about it on the Annotations Blog.

March 10, 2014 - The National Declassification Center celebrates the completion of quality assurance review of over 351 million pages of historically valuable classified records.  Learn more about this effort on the NDC blog.

March 10, 2014 - The National Declassification Center celebrates the completion of quality assurance review of over 351 million pages of historically valuable classified records.  Learn more about this effort on the NDC blog.

March 6, 2014 - The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) discusses Sunshine Week events in the blog post, "A Sunny Forecast."

December 2, 2013 - The White House releases the second Open Government National Action Plan. Read more about this on the White House blog.  

August 29, 2013 - The National Archives issues NARA Bulletin 2013-02: Guidance on a New Approach to Managing Email Records.  Learn more about this new approach called "Capstone" on the Records Express Blog.  

August 16, 2013  - The FOIA Ombudsman Blog discusses NARA's updated FOIA Regulation, published as a proposed rule in the Federal Register on August 5.  The public can submit comments until October 4, 2013.  

August 12, 2013 - The National Declassification Center Releases its seventh status report.  Learn more about the report on the NDC Blog.  

June 26, 2013 - NARA requests comments on a draft of an upcoming NARA bulletin on Managing Social Media Records.  Learn more on the Records Express Blog.  

June 6, 2013 - NARA requests comments on a draft of an upcoming NARA bulletin that creates a new approach to managing email.  Learn more on the Records Express Blog.

March 14, 2013 - Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, discusses transforming the security classification system at an event at the Brennan Center for Justice.  Learn more about the event on the Transforming Classification blog.

March 12, 2013 - The National Archives announces it will contribute 1.2 million digital images of records to the Digital Public Library of America. Learn more about project on the National Archives Press Release.

March 11, 2013 - Nancy Soderberg, Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, commemorates Sunshine Week on the Transforming Classification blog.

March 11, 2013 - The National Archives celebrates Sunshine Week with a display of the original Freedom of Information Act and a demonstration of FOIAonline.  Learn more about these events on the FOIA Ombudsman blog. 

March 7, 2013 - The FOIA Ombudsman blog discusses professionalizing the FOIA profession with the 0306 Government Information Specialist job series.

March 5, 2013 - The National Archives launches a Youtube channel for the National Records Management Training Program.  Learn more on the Records Express blog.

February 12, 2013 - The National Archives launches an online presence for information related to accessioning.  Learn more on the Records Express blog.

January 22, 2013 - The National Declassification Center releases its Sixth Bi-annual status report.  Learn more about the report on the NDC Blog.

January 11, 2013 - NARA's Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch announces they will publish a quarterly list of newly declassified sound and film recordings.  Learn more about these efforts and view the list on the Media Matters blog.

NARA Performance and Accountability Report December 6, 2012 - The Public Interest Declassification Board publicly releases its Report to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System.  Learn more about the report on the Transforming Classification blog.

November 29, 2012 - The National Archives held the first meeting of senior agency officials for the Managing Government Records Directive.  Learn more about this meeting on the Records Express blog.

NARA Performance and Accountability Report November 15, 2012 - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) releases its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2012. The report contains information about the agency's accomplishments, management challenges, and complete audited financial statements.

October 1, 2012 - FOIAonline launches to assist FOIA requestors seeking records from five Federal agencies. Requestors can submit FOIA requests, track their progress, communicate with the processing agency, search other requests, and access previously released responsive documents and file appeals with participating agencies. Learn more on the FOIA Ombudsman blog.

October 2012 - Declassified documents from the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) are made available on Archives.gov. Learn more on the NDC Blog.

October 2012 - The National Archives launches a new declassification portal to provide a single point of access for declassification actions at the agency. Users can find information about the National Declassification Center, the Public Interest Declassification Board, the Presidential Libraries, and the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.

Bright Idea Award Logo September 25, 2012 - Federal Register 2.0 is receives the Bright Idea Award for innovative government initiatives by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Learn more on the OFR Blog.

RACO Logo September 25, 2012 - The annual Records Administration Conference (RACO) is held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Learn more about this event on the Records Express Blog or watch the video on USTREAM (password RACO2012).

September 11, 2012 - The National Declassification Center releases more than 1,000 pages of records related to the Katyn Forest Massacre. Learn more on the NDC Blog.

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Open Government Inititative

Participate

  • Citizen Archivist Dashboard: Participate in crowdsourcing projects, including: tagging, transcription, editing articles, uploading your images, and entering contests.
  • NARAtions: Let us know your concerns and what you think on the blog of the National Archives.
  • AOTUS: Collector in Chief: Find out what David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, has to say about transparency, participation, and collaboration at the National Archives.
  • Comment on Draft Policy: Submit comments on proposed policy, regulations, record schedules and more.

Contact OpenGov

  • OpenGov@nara.gov
  • Open Government Team
    National Archives and Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road
    Room 3200
    College Park, MD 20740

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