Open Government at the National Archives


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Collaboration improves the effectiveness of Government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the Federal Government, across levels of government, and between the Government and private institutions.

The Open Government Directive describes components of the Open Government Plan, including transparency, participation, collaboration, flagship initiative, and public and agency involvement. The collaboration component of the plan includes proposals to use technology platforms and innovative methods to improve collaboration. We want to hear your recommendations for this component of NARA’s Open Government Plan. Please visit the NARAtions Blog to submit your ideas for improving participation at NARA.

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

Your agency’s Open Government Plan should explain in detail how your agency will improve collaboration, including steps the agency will take to revise its current practices to further cooperation with other Federal and non-Federal governmental agencies, the public, and non-profit and private entities in fulfilling the agency’s core mission activities. The specific details should include proposed changes to internal management and administrative policies to improve collaboration.

  1. The Plan should include proposals to use technology platforms to improve collaboration among people within and outside your agency.
  2. The Plan should include descriptions of and links to appropriate websites where the public can learn about existing collaboration efforts of your agency.
  3. The Plan should include innovative methods, such as prizes and competitions, to obtain ideas from and to increase collaboration with those in the private sector, non-profit, and academic communities.