Open Government Day brings new guidance from OMB

Open Government Day is here, and most of the hype/anticipation seems to surround today’s deadline for agencies to submit their OpenGov plans as outlined in the Open Government Directive (GovLoop has aggregated links to all of the agency plans here).

But there’s another part of the OGD that may get initially overlooked today that agencies should be excited about: new guidance from  the Office of Management and Budget. As outlined in the OGD, agencies now have some clarity on how OpenGov efforts mesh with existing policies like the Paperwork Reduction Act, as well as guidance on spending transparency and how to make government rulemaking information easier to find and track online.

OMB has blogged about their new guidance (they had not when I originally posted) and while the White House did blog on the agency plan deadline, it neglected to mention the new OMB memos, but perhaps that’s still to come.

Below are links to OMB’s new documents on their site (first three listed at the Information & Regulatory Affairs page and the Spending Transparency listed here), as well as embedded versions to read here.

  1. Social Media, Web-Based Interactive Technologies, and the Paperwork Reduction Act
  2. Information Collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act
  3. Increasing Openness in the Rulemaking Process – Use of the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)
  4. Open Government Directive – Federal Spending Transparency

Thanks to Scott Horvath over at USGS for pointing out the PDF for Social Media/Paperwork Reduction Act, which led me to finding the other relevant postings at OMB’s site. Also to Roger Strother over at OMB Watch for pointing out the Fed Spending Transparency guidance.

Check out discussion over at about the PRA Guidance (best quote so far: “Total White House fail. This wasn’t the change I was expecting…”).

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  • Starchild

    Greater openness and transparency in government is badly needed — but somehow I doubt this kind of superficial posturing will have any more effect than Al Gore’s drive during the Clinton Administration to “reinvent government” did.

    The permanent bureaucracy has way too much power, and is way too big. So long as this state of affairs prevails, bureaucrats to effectively resist reform efforts. Federal spending needs to be cut dramatically, unconstitutional functions eliminated, union job protections that make it too hard to dismiss bad employees scrapped, and an immediate hiring freeze implemented.