Open Government at the National Archives


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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.