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Megan Smith, Mary Beth Goodman: White House Unveils 3rd Open Government Action Plan

WhiteHouseThe White House has issued a third edition of its national action plan to promote transparency and civic participation in the government.

A White House blog post published Tuesday says the Open Government National Action Plan contains over 40 new programs that represent the U.S. government’s efforts to improve government service delivery, fiscal transparency and public access to data.

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith co-wrote the post with Mary Beth Goodman, senior director for development and democracy at the White House National Security Council.

The document details plans to implement the the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and update the College Scorecard, which uses application programming interfaces to share data on college costs and quality with students and their families.

The national plan also contains commitments to use the Open311 platform to expand public participation and transparency and efforts to increase access to workforce information to promote employment.

Open 311 is an open-access tool that works to help citizens report problems and seek government assistance.

Other initiatives the document covers include the release of public information from electronic tax filings of nonprofit organizations and advance the implementation of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable to improve public access to justice.

The White House releases a new national action plan every two years as part of its commitment to the Open Government Partnership that President Barack Obama and seven other national leaders launched in 2011.

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