In 2011 The Obama Administration launched the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (NAP ) — a set of 26 commitments that have increased public integrity, enhanced public access to information, improved management of public resources, and given the public a more active voice in the U.S. Government’s policymaking process .
The Administration continues to make progress in all 26 areas, with 24 of the initial commitments already completed. A notable example of the progress made since the release of the first NAP is the successful launch of We the People , the White House petitions platform that gives Americans a direct line to voice their concerns to the Administration via online petitions. In two years, more than 10 million users have generated over 270,000 petitions on a diverse range of topics , including gun violence , which received a video response from the President, and unlocking cell phones for use across provider networks , which led directly to policy action .
Building up on these efforts to create a more efficient, effective, and accountable government, the Administration is issuing the second Open Government National Action Plan for the United States of America. The new plan include s a wide range of actions the Administration will take over the next two years, including commitments that build upon past successes a s well as several new initiatives.
In developing the second NAP, the Federal Government sought input from the general public, a broad range of civil society organizations , academia, and the private sector to refine the commitments in this document to build a more open, transparent, and participatory United States Government. In addition, civil society organizations provided valuable feedback through a public report , issued in March 2013, on the U.S. Government’s implementation of the first NAP . Civil society organizations also submitted recommendations for commitments to include in the second NAP , many of which were incorporated into this report . In developing the second NAP, Administration policymakers also sought input from the public via the White House Open Government blog and other interactive online platforms .
This document will serve as a roadmap for the next two years as the Administration work s in partnership with the public and civil society organizations to carry forth these Open Government efforts . This report , however, is not representative of all U.S. Government efforts to further openness . The process of opening government is a continuing work - in - progress. Under the President’s leader 2 Administration will continue to generate and implement Open Government policies and reforms, as well as continue to seek input from outside groups and citizens about how to create a more Open Government.