Open Government at the National Archives



  • Open Gov Plan: Submit issues and suggested edits to the agency's plan on Github.
  • History Hub: Contribute your suggestions, ideas, and questions on the Open Government space on History Hub.
  • Citizen Archivist Dashboard: Participate in crowdsourcing projects, including tagging and transcription missions, and scanning efforts.
  • 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.

Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of information that is widely dispersed in society.

The Open Government Directive describes components of the Open Government Plan, including transparency, participation, collaboration, flagship initiative, and public and agency involvement. The participation component of the plan includes opportunities for the public to participate throughout the agency’s decision-making process. We want to hear your recommendations for this component of NARA’s Open Government Plan. Please visit the Open Government Idea Forum and NARAtions Blog to submit your ideas for improving participation at NARA.

The Open Government Directive requires a plan to follow these guidelines:

To create more informed and effective policies, the Federal Government should promote opportunities for the public to participate throughout the decision-making process. Your agency’s Open Government Plan should explain in detail how your agency will improve participation, including steps your agency will take to revise its current practices to increase opportunities for public participation in and feedback on the agency’s core mission activities. The specific details should include proposed changes to internal management and administrative policies to improve participation.

  1. The Plan should include descriptions of and links to appropriate websites where the public can engage in existing participatory processes of your agency.

  2. The Plan should include proposals for new feedback mechanisms, including innovative tools and practices that create new and easier methods for public engagement.

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