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OPM OpenGov Site Launches; Beats Obama Deadline

obama signingThe U.S. Office of Personnel Management has launched a new Open Government site, meeting President Obama’s December 8th, 2009 requirement that federal agencies establish a site within 60 days and publish their open government plan within 120 days.

The initiative was created to enhance government transparency and increase civilian participation with the government.

Now that the OPM site is off the ground, they are soliciting ideas and opinions on how to best shape their transparency plan.

According to the new OPM site: “Rather than offer a traditional “suggestion box,” this site allows the public to share their ideas on Open Government, discuss them with each other, and vote or express agreement/disagreement with the ideas, and, as a result, the most popular ideas “rise to the top” for closer review by the agency. This site allows you not only to give us your ideas, but for you to review and weigh in on the ideas of others—and, ultimately, enables the government to better understand and respond to your ideas.”

Ideas will be accepted until March 19, so the agency can prepare a plan in advance of Obama’s April deadline.

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