In the most recent movement towards implementation of the Open Government Directive, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra unveiled the launch of Open Government Dashboard, a web page designed to enable the public to track the progress of federal agencies in meeting deadlines for increased transparency. The site examines the progress that agencies are making towards implementing the Obama administration’s guidelines for providing greater access to information.
The website provides color coded evaluations based on five areas. Green means the agency meets expectations, yellow that there is progress towards expectations and red that the agency has failed to meet expectations. The five areas are high-value data, open webpage, data integrity, public consultation and open government plan. The open government plans are not required until April 7, 2010.
Aneesh Chopra, in a blog on the White House page, wrote “Version 1.0 of the Dashboard focuses on agency execution of the deliverables explicitly identified in the Open Government Directive. It makes it easy for the American people to visually track progress on the deadlines to date. The Dashboard also links to each agency’s Open Government Webpage, where the public can find more details on the steps taken to implement the Directive.”
In addition, 34 members have been named to the Open Government Working Group, which will evaluate the open government plans of federal agencies.