Open Government Directive Plans 2.0

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On April 9, 2012, the White House announced that agencies would be releasing Version 2.0 of their Open Government Directive Plans. We have compiled those available here.


Department of Agriculture 

Open Government Plan V.2:$file/OGP_v2_20120409_FINAL.pdf


  •  2001: USDA redesigned its public website to make content more accessible, user-friendly and relevent to a wider variety of audiences. 
  • December 2009: The USDA Data Stewardship Working Group formed in response to the Open Government Directive. To date, USDA has published a total of 183 datasets, including 29 deemed high-value and 2 on the Top Ten Most Downloaded Datasets of all time. 
  • USDA was asked by CNN cable network to submit a dataset on the Farmers Market Search.  This dataset provided the location of Farmers Markets in the United States. As a result of the publication of this dataset on, the public now has the capability to quickly and easily find the location(s) of the nearest Farmers Market.
  • USDA was explicitly asked by the White House to submit a specific dataset entitled “MyPyramid Food Raw Data” for use in The Apps for Healthy Kids competition. This collaboration activity supported directly First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!Campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. The Apps for Healthy Kids competition was a resounding success, bringing together new partners to provide game 
    and app solutions for informing healthier lifestyles.
  • As part of the USDA’s Open Gov Flagship Initiative, the Forest Service invited the general public to participate in an innovative way in the development of an upcoming land management planning rule.  The Agency created a blog that gave people updates on the planning rule process and allowed them to make comments; over 300 comments weremade as of 1/27/10.  The Agency also held public meetings all over the country.  Over 700 people, who weren’t able to attend the meetings in person, viewed the national public meetings through a webcast on the planning rule website.
  • To counteract decreased funding that faces all of government, USDA is taking a close look at the way it does business. As a result, the Secretary’s Blueprint for Stronger Service aims to build a modern and efficient service organization that is closely timed with technological innovations; and thus, better suited to respond to 21st century agricultural challenges.
  • Completed: Identification and publishing of 3 high value data sets on
  • Completed: Establish a USDA advocate to serve as contact for Cross-Agency collaboration
  • Completed: MyPyramid for Kids, web-based participation strategies, social technologies/new media 
  • Completed: USDA- OCIO/Farm Service Agency visits several USDA Service Centers and producer group forums
  • Completed:


  • Virtual Office Hours (FY 2012): Monthly Virtual Office Hours, a live open question and answer series, will allow USDA leadership and subject matter experts to engage directly with stakeholders through Twitter and, potentially, video. These sessions will facilitate deeper community engagement, understanding and awareness of vital programs, policies and issues that impact individuals nationwide.
  • Local and Regional Foods Outreach and Community Mobilization (FY 2012): The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass was released in February 2012, offering a digital guide that explains our recent work in local and regional food systems. These include resources that create opportunities for new markets and farmer production, facilitate local employment, support disadvantaged farmers, and that boost healthy food 
    access. Additionally, a KYF Mapping Tool will be published that visualizes opportunities realized through 27 programs that support our local and regional food initiatives.
  • Rural Council Engagement and Strategic Planning (FY 2013):  Secretary Vilsack will call upon key stakeholders, communities and our federal partners to provide input and recommendations in developing strategic areas of focus for upcoming Rural Council sessions. A series of virtual chats and other outreach opportunities will be scheduled throughout the year based on the community’s feedback on what are the greatest areas of need.
  • Farm Service Agency's Disaster Assistance Eligibility Tool (FY 2013): The Farm Service Agency is developing a web tool to determine eligibility for various disaster assistance programs. Through a simple questionnaire, applicants can determine which disaster program is appropriate, simplifying the process for understanding programs and helping individuals efficiently obtain assistance.
  • Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (FY 2013): The Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) focuses on establishing a 
    common USDA framework for producer commodity reporting in support of USDA programs.   This effort will enable the producer to report common data once and for USDA agencies to share the data among themselves; thus, eliminating duplicate reporting by producers. The approved data standards will be published on the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to support their adoption in private sector agriculture service 
  • Data-Driven Agriculture Community (FY 2014) Flagship Initiative: In an effort to stimulate innovation and impact progress based on available data or tools, USDA intends to develop a central clearinghouse for Agriculture focused communities. This collection will provide a single-entry point to access published datasets, geospatial products, web and mobile apps.

Department of Commerce

Open Government Plan V.2:


  • Commerce and its operating units have identified and submitted to NARA records schedules for almost all electronic records. Commerce routinely approves the transfer of permanent records stored in the federal records center system to NARA, in accordance with instructions in the applicable records control schedules. 
  • Commerce has developed and documented detailed procedures for posting all information technology (IT) investments to the federal IT dashboardThe monthly reporting process includes publication by the Department's CIO of a red, yellow, or green status rating for each investment. The Department’s goal is to review all investments with a red or yellow CIO risk rating each month and to review one-third of all green-rated investments during that same period. By September 1, 2009 – well in advance of the “Open Government Directive” – Commerce had published over 104,000 data sets and data tools on and, by January 22, 2010, it had released over 60,000 additional data sets and tools. Since that time the Department increased the number of data sets and tools to 303,611 available on  
  • To assist Commerce in adhering to the guidance OMB provided in the Open Government Directive and to make existing and new data sets and tools more easily accessible by the public, the Department established an internal community of points of contact (POCs) from each of its operating units. 
  • Created Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Interactive Data Tables (iTables)tool to allow customers to perform online analysis of current and historical economic information. BEA has updated its interactive data service to make it easier to access and use BEA statistics. 
  • Page 6 details all datasets published to as of Feb. 28, 2012
  • Census Bureau improved access to economic programs as of Dec. 2011
  • Census Bureau instituteddata user notifications as of Dec. 2011
  • The Economics and Statitistics Administration conducted a study looking at the competitiveness of the U.S. as per the COMPETES Act. This included establishing a 15 member Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) that held meetings and took comments. This was completed as of Jan. 2012.
  • International Trade Administration (ITA) improved online access to free trade agreement results -- first stage of FTA Tariff Tool -- as of April 11, 2012. (see:
  • NOAA upgraded ocean surface current simulator
  • NOAA instuted online access to regional data in partnership with the San Francisco exploratorium
  • NOAA improved US drought portal with addition of soil moisture observation data. See here (
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) made five years of bibliographic data searchable on as of Jan. 2010
  • NTIS established online access to the National Technical Reports Library (periodic updates continuing)
  • NTIS launched the Federal Science Repository Service (FSRS) in 2011
  • Patent and Trademark Office achieved a number of key milestones (see pages 45-60 of the report for additional detail)

Previous Flagship Initiatives (completed):

  1. Deepwater Horizon Response Tracking (
  2. CommerceConnect
  3. National Export Initiative (NEI)
  4. Sustainable Business Clearinghouse (Sustainable Manufacturing American Regional Tours (SMART)) - More information regarding the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse may be found at Additionally, a list of key federal programs and resources that support sustainable business practices can be found at ness.asp.  


  • Feb. 2012:Census will improve LED data visualizations (see:
  • Feb. 2012: Census will re-engineer state and local governments statistical programs and improve data presentations (see:
  • March 9, 2012: US Patents and Trade Office will host America Invents Act Roadshows

Spring 2012: USPTO will publish estimator for patent first office action on the USPTO website

  • June 2012: Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is redesigning its website
  • June 2012: Census will publish automated export systems best practices online (see: and
  • June 2012: Census will implement the advance mailing to 80,000 businesses that the Census is coming
  • Sept. 30, 2012: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) plans to use social media and web tools to make its data more accessible and useful... first step is enhancing the interactive tables portal on the BEA website. BEA intends to add a mapping capability for data sets that have a geographic component. Second step is launching a blog and a twitter feed.
  • Sept. 2012: Census will improve access to economical indicators via the Central Indicator Data Repository (CIDR)
  • Sept. 2012: Census will install economic directorate change management and succession management training program
  • Dec. 2012: Census will modernize business help site (see:
  • Dec. 2012: Census will test interactive online electronic tools with the business community for the 2012 economic census
  • Dec. 2012: USPTO will use to recognize patents for humanitarian needs
  • End of 2012: Office of the Secretary will publish public schedule data for secretary online
  • FY2012: Phase II of FTA Tariff tool will be completed
  • End of FY12:NOAA will establish Climate Services Portal
  • March 2013: Census will accelerate the release of the FT-900: U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (FT900)
  • Sept. 2013: Census will establish the 2012 account manager program
  • Sept. 2013: National Insititute of Standards and Technology will continue improving dissemination of basic research results via the NIST and other web sites
  • Oct. 2013: Census will add web-based learning tools to improve access to economic programs (
  • Dec. 2013: USPTO will establish pro-bono programs to assist independent inventors and small business with obtaining patents
  • FY2013:Trade Stats Express tool to improve online access to industry trade information will be complete
  • End of FY2013: MBDA will complete business development tools modernization project
  • FY13: NOAA will modernize the NOAA Climate Database
  • Sept. 2014: NIST will continue improving access to NIST research results through social media (ie. Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter)
  • Sept. 2014: NIST will continue improving access to the digital data repository of NIST collections, including publications, artifacts, and photographs relating to measurement science
  • TBD: Census will improve the Bureau's history web site
  • On-going: Census will add more high value datasets to
  • Ongoing: Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) will continue to release 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators
  • Ongoing: Minority Business Development agency (MBDA) will continue to support project
  • TBD: National Telecommunications and Information Administration will create a national broadband map
  • TBD: NTIA will establish online access to results of broadband survey
  • Cancelled due to budget:Office of the Secretary was working to expand video streaming for more commerce meetings
  • Continue work on e-FOIA and social media outreach

New Flagship Initiatives:

  1. BusinessUSA (
  2. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Module/Portal
  3. Geospatial Platform (NOAA)


Department of Defense


  • Providing data in a more accessible format
  • Created easier access to easy-to-digest, machine-readable, and regularly-updated contract and spending data on website
  • announced new updates and releases via Open Government e-mail list
  • Update Open Gov site with RSS feed of Today in DoD
  • "Express Route" for submissions of material that has been cleared or released
  • Created a formal, ongoing process for reviewing and posting datasets
  • built upon on of VA's flagship initiatives
  • May 2010 working group
  • May 2010 internal working group collaborations website
  • July 2010 promulgate submission process
  • July 2010 Identified first set of additional high value datasets
  • August 2010 Indentified first set of new, previously unpublished datasets
  • Octover 2010 Published next revision of Open Government Plan
  • Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Communities Program - San Diego...Nationwide Health Information Network and Virginia
  • Bring key officials from across department together to formalize governance structure and create detailed procedures for increased culture of transparency
  • make content more easily navigable for visitors
  • establish internal working group to fully and effectively support future participation in
  • build and formalize processes and tools to accomplish activities previously described
  • form working group for data aggregation risks before data is made public


Flagship Initiative - Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER)

  • June 2012: Go/No Go decision
  • September 2012: Commence DoD enterprise roll-out of VLER phase 1
  • December 2012: VLER phase 1 Initial Operating Capability deployed to domestic military treatment facilities
  • December 2014: VLER phase 1 full operating capability

Flagship Initiative - The Learning Registry

  • November 2011: 
  • December 2011: Learning Registry Plugfest 2 event in Boulder, CO
  • May 2012: Enable Value-added services on top of learning registry
  • July 2012: Learning Registry Plugfest 3 event
  • December 2012: Learning Registry infrastructure run by community

Other Initiatives - Apps for Emergency Preparedness

July 2012: Identify Partners and collaborate with interagency partners and determine outcomes for initiative

  • August 2012: Submission Period
  • September 2012: Judging
  • October 2012: Announce winners

Other Initiatives - Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing)

  • August 2012: Identify Partners and collaborate with interagency partners and determine outcomes for intitiative
  • September to October 2012: Submission Period
  • November 2012: Judging
  • December 2012: Announce Winners

Other Intiatives - TIDES Tech

  • January 2013: Identify Partners and collaborate with interagency partners and determine outcomes for intitiative
  • February to April 2013:  Submissin Period
  • May 2013: Judging
  • June 2013: Announce Winners
  • October 2013: Have winner showcase technology at STAR-TIDES demo

Other Initiatives - Sustainable Design

  • May 2013: Identify partners and collaborate with interagency partners and determine outcomes for initiative
  • June 2013 to August 2013: Submission period
  • September 2013: Judging
  • Octover 2013: Announce winners and have winner showcase technology at STAR-TIDES demo (October 1-4 2013)
  • November 2013: Test/Build design at Camp Roberts

Department of Energy

Progress (initial goals completed or ongoing) Flagship Initiatives:

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Data
  • Open Energy Information
  • EIA Energy Education and Literacy Initiative


  • The L-Prize Competition
  • OpenNet
  • Green Energy Portal
  • Solar Decathalon
  • DOE Loan Programs
  • Fossil Energy R&D Project Database
  • 2008 Presidential Transition Materials
  • Nuclear Waste Fund Fee Adequacy Reports
  • Patent Waivers and Ex Parte Communications Postings
  • EIA Data Sets
  • OSTI Data Sets
  • DOE Health, Safety, and Security Datasets
  • Environmental Management Newsletter
  • National Environmental Policy Act Categorical Exclusions
  • Records Management Program
  • National Library of Energy
  • Energy Department FOIA Portal
  • Social Media Tools
  • Small Business Conferences/Summits
  • ARPA-E Summits
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
  • Enforcement and Verification of Appliance Energy and Water Conservation Standards
  • State Energy Efficiency Action Network
  • DOE Science News via the AAAS EurekAlert!
  • Energy Information Administration


Flagship Initiatives:

  • Summer 2012: Apps for Energy and the Green Button Initiative
  • February 2012 and Ongoing: U.S. Energy Information Administration Beta Website
  • Ongoing:


  • 2012-2013: National Training and Education Resource (NTER)
  • 2012-2013: platform expansion/enhancement
  • Winter 2012-2013: ScienceCinema

Department of Health and Human Services

V. 2:


Flagship Initiatives


  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation created initiatives connecting collaborators to promote innovations in health care delivery
  • FDA Center for Tobacco Products engaged new technology platforms to communicate new regulations and policies.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established innovation fund
  • New Media committee formed as part of HHS Innovation Council
  • 2010 task force to address the dissemination of mobile health messaging technologies (Text4Baby platform)
  • HHS revised social networking policies, allowing employees to use social media while engaging with public
  • Posted more than 300 data sets 
  • Built
  • Open Government Financial Data Quality Plan
  • Increased use of broadcast, web, and new media capabilities
  • COMPETES Act of 2010
  • Blue Button - w/ VHA and DoD helps active duty military members, veterans, their families, and Medicaire members to obtain health records. 


Flagship Initiatives

  • FY 2012 Launch: Innovation Fellows Programs - promoting collaboration and partnerships to address important mission-related opportunities
  • FY 2013-2014: New collaborations to promote medical products innovation. 
  • FY 2012-2014: Enhanced Data Quality and Usability


  • 2012: Provider enrollment improvement Initiative
  • 2012: Enterprise-wide financial business intelligence program
  • 2012: CMS data and information product strategy
  • 2012: Medicare data sharing for performance measurement
  • 2012: Prevention and Public Health Fund reporting
  • 2012: Closing data gaps in the Tracking Accountability in Government Grant Systems
  • Spring 2012: Tobacco regulation, education, and prevention information - content syndication pilot
  • Mid-2012: Collaboration Network for CMS partners
  • August 2012: Medical Loss Ratio
  • Summer 2012: Health System Tracking project
  • Summer 2012: CMS Data Navigator
  • Fall 2012: Affordable Care Act report for "new" grant programs
  • 2012-2013: Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research
  • 2013: Single audit metrics initiative
  • Early 2013: Online analytic system for National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) analytic tool
  • March 2013: Health Indicators Warehouse
  • Spring 2013: Project Evolve
  • July 2013: Monitoring of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies
  • Summer 2013: HSRA Facts Online Tool: Drill down from nation-region-state-county-congressional district level
  • Fall 2013: Import filer evaluation outcomes initiative (
  • Late 2013: BioSense and the Visualize Tarrant County, Texas public health project
  • 2012-2014: Nation public health surveillance/biosurveillance registry
  • 2014: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Atlas
  • July 2012: International cooperation on cosmetics regulation - Stakeholder Session
  • 2012 and ongoing: CMS Enrollment Dashboard 2013 and Ongoing: 5 Star quality ratings for Medicare Performance Measurement
  • Ongoing: Additional outreach stakeholder efforts led by the FDA - Webinars/Liason rountables
  • Ongoing: Support for Medicare data to support care coordination for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees
  • Ongoing: CMS Financial Alignment initiative
  • Ongoing: Annual release of survey paradata
  • Ongoing: Release of Medicare Part C, D, and Retiree Drug Subsidy plan payment data (
  • Ongoing: HHS Grants forecast
  • Ongoing: Retailer Compliance Check Inspection database (
  • Ongoing: Self-referral disclosure protocol
  • Ongoing: Monitoring and Analysis of End-Stage renal disease claims
  • Ongoing: Expanding research base for tobacco product regulation
  • Ongoing: National Health interview survey early data release project
  • Ongoing: Data resource center for child and adolescent health
  • Ongoing: Community health and service missions
  • Ongoing: Innovation pathway - end stage renal disease innovation challenge
  • Ongoing: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
  • Ongoing: Pediatrics Formulations Platform
  • Ongoing: Public health emergency medical countermeasures enterprise portfolio tracking and coordination initiative (
  • Ongoing: STAR Metrics
  • Ongoing: NIH clinical research trials and you intiative
  • Ongoing: Feedback Project

Department of Homeland Security

Open Government Plan V.2:


  • To collaborate and engage with the public, the Department uses “Our Border” (, an open online collaborative platform that allows the public to connect and communicate with officials at the Department of Homeland Security who are working together to address border issues
  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services website ( available in both English and Spanish - provides information needed to better understand immigration services and policies. Recent enhancements to the website include: real-time alerts on the status of immigration applications via text message and email, meeting announcements and RSVP instructions, background materials, meeting summaries and questions and answers
  • DHS began a series of regional summits beginning in fall 2010 with state and local law enforcement, government, and community leaders to receive firsthand information and feedback on successful community-oriented policing and other crime reduction programs. DHS will gather and share these case studies and best practices with law enforcement partners nationwide using the widely-used Lessons Learned Information Sharing online platform
  • In April 2010, ICE launched the Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS), a public, web-based tool designed to assist family members, attorneys and other interested parties in locating detained aliens in ICE custody. The creation and implementation of the ODLS is a concrete example of the Department's commitment to transparency and detension reform
  • Created by Executive Order 13526, the “National Declassification Center” (NDC) was developed to streamline declassification processes, facilitate quality assurance measures, and implement standardized training across the executive branch relative to the declassification of records of permanent historical value.
  • FOIA Backlog Reduction: The Department set a goal to reduce its backlog request by 15 percent annually. Despite a nearly 30 percent spike in incoming requests in FY 2010, the Department surpassed its goal by reducing the overall FOIA backlog by 40 percent. In light of the continued increase of proactively disclosed documents in the DHS FOIA Electronic Reading Room (, the FOIA Office has worked diligently to enhance its FOIA Electronic Reading Room to better accommodate its robust collection of documents.  The Electronic Reading Room is linked on the front page of the DHS Privacy Office website, categorized by document type, and includes a “Frequently Requested” document section
  • DHS created a department recovery page,, where members of the public can learn about DHS-specific programs and track the Department’s progress in obligating funds and auditing work. A mapping tool, currently in the test phase, will allow users to visualize where DHS awards are making an impact.
  • National Information Exchange Model, launched 2005: NIEM is a federal, state, local and tribal interagency initiative providing a 
    foundation for seamless information exchange. NIEM seeks to leverage the data exchange standards efforts successfully implemented by GLOBAL and extends the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) to facilitate timely, secure information sharing across the whole of the justice, public safety, emergency and disaster management, intelligence, and homeland security enterprise
  • In 2009, In 2009, the Ready Campaign introduced a series of new social media tools to further engage Americans in taking steps to prepare for emergencies. At the center of the initiative is a Web page, “Be Prepared,” which features an interactive widget that provides users with updates on emergency situations, local emergency contact information, an instructional video, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to better prepare for an emergency. The program also includes a tool with which visitors can create their own comprehensive Family Emergency Plan and share important information with their family and friends.
  • DHS, along the other federal regulatory agencies, publishes the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Unified Agenda”) twice per year, usually in April and November. The Unified Agenda summarizes the rules and proposed rules that DHS expects to issue in the coming year. Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the complete Unified Agenda is now available online at
  • Improvements: Documents available online:
    • Public Assistance Project-level data set
    • Hazard Mitigation Program Summary
    • Public Assistance Funded Projects Summary
    • Disaster Declarations Summary
    • Flood Hazard Maps
    • Health Security Scoring
    • FOIA Requests
    • N-400 Application for Naturalization processing times (by center) RSS Feed


  •  National Initiative for Cybersecurity Awareness: A preliminary campaign, launched in March 2005, set up to be a two-way communication vehicle between government and the public sector to share ideas that are relevant and meaningful and could be a part of the solution to keeping our cyberspace safe.  All information, messages, resources, and tips and recommendations will be available to the public through a website owned and operated by DHS. In addition to using national programs for Campaign messaging, DHS will also utilize “Friends of the Campaign” to engage the general public at the grassroots level. A series of toolkits and training resources will be rolled out in the coming months.  “Friends” will be asked to raise awareness of local cybersecurity vulnerabilities, leading at least one Campaign activity per year and identifying key personnel and celebrities in their area to further spread the Campaign message.
  • National Strategies for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: focuses on the protection of the identity of each party to an online transaction and the identity of the underlying infrastructure that supports it. This Strategy seeks to improve cyberspace for everyone – individuals, private sector, and governments – who conduct business online. The draft strategy report can be found online at
  • USCIS Transformation Effort: Our Transformation team is working to create an entirely new automated system that will positively affect every aspect of the application process and the customer experience. One benefit of the transformed USCIS is that it will allow applicants and their advocate’s 
    ready access to USCIS and will proactively provide detailed information about the status of benefit requests. The first phase of our Transformation will be deployed in mid 2011 and rollouts will continue for two years after that. In the meantime, USCIS continues to try to improve communication around an applicant’s case status. Recently, USCIS implemented the new My Case Status tool online at This tool allows customers to track the status of their application as it moves through the adjudications process.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Open Government Plan V.2:


  • Recovery Act Website allows the public to track HUD spending of Recovery Act dollars
  • FY 2010-2015 Strategic Plan: The HUD Ideas in Action website, provided an opportunity for all 9,500 HUD employees and countless external stakeholders and the public at large to provide input and feedback on the goals and sub-goals proposed for the Strategic Plan
  • High-value data sets release to the public on
    • All Title VIII Fair Housing cases filed by the Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity Program Area since January 1, 2006
    • Multifamily housing physical inspection scores
    • Public housing physical inspection scores
    • Public housing inventory
    • Performance audits of public housing authorities
  • Continuation of HUD Records Management Program training 
  • Reduction of FOIA Backlog: It is expected that the backlog of 406 that existed at the end of fiscal 2009 will be reduced by 10% or more.


Bureaucracy-Busting Flagship Initiatives: 

  • Establish an Innovation Lab to fuel program and support area performance improvements: The innovation lab could explore the possibility of utilizing geo-located texting services to inform its most vulnerable customers about critical services in emergency situations. Another possible project is the development of an iPhone, Android, Windows 7, or other mobile operating system application that allows HUD’s stakeholders, partners, and customers to access relevant information about the locations of the Department’s field offices, local housing providers, or other relevant information.
  • Empower communities to combat homelessness utilizing predictive analytics: Through HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange (HRE) web site, field research, on-line surveys, and townhall meetings, HUD will seek input from community stakeholders and the public about how best to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness. 
  • Build a Business Practices Exchange for Assisted Housing Providers to share ideas: The repository will be a community in which housing provider personnel, their customers, and the general public can collaborate and communicate with each other without the direct involvement of HUD.  The Department will also utilize this tool to help local housing providers, especially those with limited resources, find and utilize previously developed plans, which will allow them to focus on delivering value to their customers.
  • Identify and Update Outdated Policies and Practices: These barriers to progress exist at the Federal, state, and local levels, and will require that HUD adopt a targeted and balanced effort to address them. Modifying outdated rules and regulations will not only increase HUD’s efficiency, but also help in changing the Department’s culture to one that is more proactive in identifying mission impediments and more flexible in serving its 

Transparency Initiatives:

  • Ensure HUD regulations are more easily available and usable online
  • Publish HUD-assisted housing locations and related information
  • Make housing related laws more accessible to the public
  • Utilize Web 2.0 and social media tools to inform and educate the public and HUD personnel
  • Create an enterprise wide data inventory and storage service
  • Create an online directory of major points of contact within HUD 
  • Create foreign language resources at HUD's field and headquarters offices
  • Participate in federal transparency initiatives:,,, OMB's IT Dashboard

Engagement Initiatives:

Collaboration Initiatives:

  • Provide tools to community-based non-profits to act as force multipliers
  • Utilize the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program as a catalyst for additional collaboration to aid HUD's customers
  • Continue collaboration with Federal Communications Commission on Broadband
  • Continue transportation-related collaboration with the DOT and the EPA
  • Continue general communication with the public 

Open Government Communications Plan

  • Raise internal awareness of OpenGov initiative: Town hall meetings, email distributions, internal webcasts, workshops with Field Policy Management Leadership, quarterly Open Government Newletters, a comprehensive HUD web index
  • For the public: incorporate OpenGov messaging into HUD speeches by senior leadership, publicize OpenGov website via social media, posting OpenGov URL on all department websites, use earned media events to get the message out 

Department of Justice

Open Government Plan V.2:


  • launched March 2011 and continuously under improvement (this year essential info was translated into Spanish)
  • Scientific reports made public online in open formats
  • NIJ maintains online archive of research technical reports from grant projects sponsored by the agency
  • Redesigned for increased usability
  • Attorney General's calendar posted online (only redacted in sensitive circumstances)
  • July 2011 - digitized 28 legislative histories to be posted on
  • Directory of department officials available at
  • Congressional testimony of department leadership is posted on the "Press Room" as well as at
  • Progress made toward making court filings available -- litigating offices and Office of Public Affairs post briefs and other filings to their own websites
  • The DOJ was unable to develop a comprehensive case management system to sort through voluminous litigation dockets handled by the department's numerous different components. Work will continue to devise a way to streamline this process.
  • Held 2 public comment periods on revising FOIA regulations that closed April 2011 and Oct. 2011. Dept. is working to finalize the regulations now.
  • -- Financial Task Force chaired by the Attorney General
  • Continues to work on Project Civic Access program
  • Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ) established in March 2010
  • Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities working group launched in 2012 to marshal parallel efforts between federal and state law enforcement agencies to focus on fraud in the packaging and sale of RMBS offerings
  • Consumer Protection Working Group launched in 2012 to focus on consumer-related fraud
  • Working to increase safety in tribal communities (more here:
  • Seeking to more effectively disseminate information to its staekholders, partners, and the public about what works (more here: The site is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics.
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance has established a dynamic, automated, web-based system for delivering training and technical assistance to potential partners. National Training and Technical Assistance Center.
  • Has adopted a presumption that when a report is released based on quantitative data that the department has gathered then the underlying data will also be made available
  • Improved FOIA Libraries
  • FBI launched a new website designed to be more user-friendly and informative in Oct. 2010. Updates include widgets, RSS, email alerts, enhanced search, electronic reading room, social media, Spanish language
  • launched Twitter account in Jan. 2012
  • Improved online portal for FARA (FARA eFile)
  • Lots of social media for different divisions of DOJ from 2009-present
  • July 2011 Office of Information Policy completed an assessment of all cabinet agencies' FOIA administration for the prior year. DOJ scored green on every factor, except for one (increased backlog).


  • April 2012: launch (in collaboration with DOT and other agencies)
  • Spring 2012: Office of Information Policy will launch a Twitter account
  • 2012: Office of Information Policy will post monthly logs to their FOIA Library of requests processed for the department's senior leadership offices
  • 2012: National Instititute of Justice will launch their own YouTube channel
  • 2013-2014: Open Government working group will develop training in the principles of openness, transparency, and accountability for DOJ employees
  • Ongoing: participation in e-rulemaking iniatitive... ill post public comments as soon as practicable, ideally within two days of receipt
  • Ongoing: updating the IT Dashboard at a monthly basis
  • Ongoing: weekly updates to
  • Ongoing: participating in a number of diverse collaborative working groups to increase efficiency, streamline processes, etc. (see plan pages 41-46 for more detail)
  • TBD: DOJ will begin to post a daily calendar of events accessible from the homepage of and will make it available via RSS or email
  • TBD: Courts-on-Camera pilot program was launched in July 2011 - three year program meant to record and post online civil district court proceedings in 14 judicial districts
  • TBD: Working to identify statutorily required reports to Congress that are suitable for public posting.

Flagship Initiatives

  1. FOIA

DOJ will create an online version of the Guide to the Freedom of Information Act, which will become a living document and reflect new development in FOIA as soon as they occur. No date.

The office of Information Policy will work with GSA and other interested stakeholders to develop metadata standards that will facilitate the ability of people to search for documents across agency websites. OIP will issue agency guidance for "tagging" information with a standard metadata when posting FOIA documents and proactive disclosures online.  Guidance will be issued in 2012. Agency compliance will be mandated in FY2013.

OIP will issue a directive mandating the reporting of key FOIA statistics on a quarterly basis. (Sounds like it will be publicly available but does not clearly stipulate whether it will be online.) Directive will be issued in 2012. Compliance expected to begin in FY2013.

DOJ will expand the annual FOIA reporting tool (the one that makes XML reports) to give it the capacity to also make human readable reports (to reduce duplication and waste). This expansion will be available by FY2013.

OIP will develop an online FOIA training course to be available to all federal employees. This new training will include webinars starting in 2012.

e-Discovery Pilot Project - DOJ has developed a pilot program that seeks to leverage existing "e-discovery" tools used in litigation to process records responsive to FOIA requests. No date.

DOJ will develop a mobile version of No date.

Datasets to be Released See Appendix II in the plan (pgs. 53-59) for the list of datasets scheduled to be released.

Department of State


  • Created Virtual Student Foreign Service program and filled first class of eInterns
  • Launched website
  • Launched prototype, including USAID and DoS foreign assistance data and baseline functionality
  • Designed and implemented pilot project to test viability of processing online apps for passport cards
  • designed and implemented My State Department feature on
  • provided video for,, embassy websites, and blogs
  • Electronic Payment of ITAR Registration fees system
  • Made DipNote available for the iPhone and Blackberry 
  • Created an interactive map to track SoS's foreign travel and added greater interactivity for users to engage with state department officials
  • Used twitter, youtube, facebook, Text the Secretary, web chats, and podcasts to engage public etc
  • Created ExchangeConnect, an international social network...highlight first-person stories about cultures, commonalities, and exhange program experiences
  • produced datasets for Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development and added 30 new datasets to
  • Produced a plan for public access of regulatory compliance


  • March 2012: Redesign and reformat the popular Human Rights Reports (
  • April 2012: FOIA - ensure website reading rooms are user friendly and up to date
  • October 2012: Decrease pending FOIA requests and appeals by 10%, Close 10 oldest FOIA and referral pending requests, Post at least 3,000 FOIA documents of public interest at, full transition off DoS legacy FOIA case processing system, Use new system to institute 
  • October 2012: Review 2.5 million pages of paper documents from 1986-1990 and 886,000 pages from 1987
  • Q4 2012: Update the Regulatory Compliance plan with Bureau compliance plans
  • December 2012: Add DoD, Treasury, HHS, and Agriculture to the Foreign Assistance Database on
  • December 2012: Complete pilot project and analyze results, make recommendations for full scale project implemetation of the Passport Card Application Pilot
  • December 2012: Make changes and improvements to My State Department based on user feedback
  • January 2013: 
  • July 2013: Implement a capability for signing and issuing certificates of authntication under the seal of the Department of State
  • October 2013: Decrease pending FOIA requests and appeals by 10%, Close 10 oldest FOIA and referral pending requests, Post at least 3,000 FOIA documents of public interest at
  • October 2013: Review 2.5 million pages from 1986-1990 and 954,000 pages from 1988 (7% increase over 2012)

Department of Transportation

Open Government V.2:


  • Published 707 datasets on, policy of publishing all datasets simultaneously online and on
  • Improved and expanded data visualizations, including Partnership for Sustainable Communities site, "TIGER" site,  Recovery Act Data System Map Viewer, State Transportation Facts and Figures, and Permits and Reviews Dashboard
  • Web 2.0 catalog of social media to increase use of these tools among DOT employees. 
  • Increased use of web-based dialogues: transparent IdeaScale dialogue on a variety of topics, with over 300 comments and 200 ideas
  • Co-hosted roundtables and events with partners, including a sustainable communities code-a-thon sponsored by DOT, EPA, and HUD, called Code for Livability 
  • Federal Highway Administration initiative: Every Day Counts- highway spending accountability 
  • Creation of a federal networking/collaboration site: 
  • Secretary LaHood's "On the Go" video and question and answer series
  • FAA Mobile
  • Fostering a Safe Railroad Environment Nationwide: links to safety forums for public participation
  • Public Notices of Funding Availability 
  • Adopt-a-Ship Program
  • NHTSA Distracted Driver Study
  • Stakeholder Communications: State by state pipeline profiles
  • January 2012 Department-wide challenge on IdeaHub, resulting in 17 new ideas and 44 comments
  • Continued Work on 2010 Flagship Project: Regulation Room. Regulation Room makes Federal rulemaking more accessible to people
    not familiar with the legal or technical aspects of the rulemaking process by providing detailedsummaries of key provisions in a plain language format with references to the actual rulemaking language. 
    • Updated Web Policy
    • Issued Social Media Policy and Data Release Policy
    • Pursuing new feedback mechanisms, including IdeaScale
    • Expanding online collaboration platforms: SharePoint Platform and
    • Successful implementation of visualDOT
    • Prototype of Business Service Catalog
    • Redesigned DOT intranet site
  • Records Management Program modernization activities 
  • Reduced Backlog of FOIA requests 
  • Updated declassification webpage:
  • Updated governmental affairs webpage:
  • Weekly updates to website
  • Updated National Transportation Library's Reference Service, including a FAQ page
  • Continues to supply relevent information to and 
  • Collaborated on upgrade to OMB IT Dashboard
  • Met Open Government Directive requirement for publishing datasets on


Five main initiatives:

  • Flagship Initiative: Launch of -this will serve as a data clearinghouse, and host forums, blogs, and discussions. This Open Government flagship initiative will enable the public to make better safety‐related decisions using both current statistical descriptions and explanations of the environment that will affect our future. will tap into the innovation of application developers, the immediacy of the internet, and information that the Federal Government collects to enable informed decisions that will enhance public safety and improve public health in the United States.
    • April 2012: Incorporate feedback from stakeholders and produce an initial public soft launch version 
    • December 2012: Proactively contact other Departments to expand government partners 
    • December 2013: Continue to identify state, municipal and priavte sources of safety data to improve data sets 
    • December 2013: Hold mash-a-thon
  • Data Release and Visualization regarding Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement: Launch visualDOT
    • April 2012: Complete the deployment of cloud platform
    • June 2012: Appoint liason/identify delegates from each mode to champion visualDOT
    • August 2012: Organize and identify existing geospacial data
    • September 2012: identify protential visualizations; create pilot projects and seed development 
    • March 2013: begin decommissioning duplicate environments
  • Use of social media to increase Transparency of "Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery" Website:
    • September 2012: Improve availability of detailed award data, aggregating across rounds, available in spreadsheet form
    • September 2012: create DOT twitter, facebook, tumblr and pinterest accounts
    • June 2013: Provide applicant resources and recipient collaboration opportunities (forums, wikis, best practices reports, and case studies)
    • June 2014: Develop an interactive portal to trace financial information and performance metrics, with underlying data available in Web services
  • Promote meaningful stakeholder involvement
    • Summer 2012: Open Transit Data Survey
    • 2012: FTA grant money to support local entities conducting dialogues on disabled veterans transportation options and creating collaborative workspaces for local stakeholders 
    • Improve the Regulation room and 2010 flagship initiative- launch new tools by September 2013
    • March 2013: Launch Digital Transportation Exchange: DTE would connect citizens, businesses, State and local governments, industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors though a public‐private partnership like never before—creating a thriving marketplace for new and existing transportation solutions
  • DOT culture change: institutionalizing public engagement
    • October 2012: Release Carpool Connect App
    • Develop IdeaHub and make continuous platform improvements through April 2014

Other goals:

  • March and April 2012: Release SaferBus App and provide public access to APIs 
  • Summer 2012: Launch of external enabling Web 2.0 tools
  •  2012: Creation of single online source for the public to view all DOT rulemakings and have open comment periods through enhancements to
  • June 2013: Improve release practices for datasets listed in Appendix B of Regulatory Compliance Plan 
  • Increase public availability to Hazardous Materials Intelligence Portal (September 2013) and the Pipeline Data Mart (September 2014) and harmonize corporate identifiers to facilitate cross-angency analysis (September 2015)
  • June 2014: Address all currently non-public datasets listed in Appendix C of Regulatory Compliance Plan 
  • Continue to modernize the Records Management Program
  • Continue to reduce backlog of FOIA requests- reduce by at least ten percent each year 

Department of the Treasury

Open Government V.2:


  • Implementation of Enterprise Content Management Program to promote internal collaboration, including "theGreen" and "IdeaXchange"
  • Developed a Treasury "Transparency and Open Government Awareness" training module for employees
  • A variety of Treasury Orders and Directives are being revised to address cloud computing, social media, and collaborative work tools
  • Published 19 data-sets to in FY 2011
  • April 2011: goFOIA launched for the public to submit and track FOIA requests
  • January 2012: Enhanced search capabilities in the online FOIA reading room, including keyword search and easier public downloads, and powered by SharePoint 
  • Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund publishes grant opportunities to, allowing users to search for grant opportunities
  • Continued posting of information to OMB's
  • Monthly updates to OMB's IT Dashboard
  • Development of FOIA Improvement Plan, which targets a ten percent reduction in backlog each year, as well as continued improvement of FOIA database
  • From FY2009 to FY2011, Treasury reduced FOIA backlog by over 43 percent
  • April 2011: Launch of Citizens Web Portal for FOIA requests and creation of Electronic Reading Room
  • Ongoing declassification activities after 2011 update of Treasury Order 105-19
  • Facilitating public comment on 
  • May 2010: Treasury submitted Open Government Data Quality Plan to OMB
  • Development of streamlined data release process
  • February 2010: Treasury launched Open Government Website  
  • Continued vendor outreach sessions by Treasury Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Programs 
  • Continued posting on 
  • Progress on 2010 Flagship Initiative: Moving to a Paperless Treasury 
    • Completed items: electronic federal tax payment system, electronic issuance of treasury savings bonds, BPD TreasuryDirect, BPD Kids website, BPD RSS feeds for treasury auctions, department offices wiki pilot for Paperwork Reduction Act information collection, DO Office of Financial Stability Financial Recovery Information transparency,TTB online tutorial, TTB formulas online webinar series, IRS preparer taxpayer identification number, IRS Federal Student Aid datashare, IRS-web adjusted gross income, BEP, OCC online customer complaint
    • In Progres items: permits online, formulas online, electronics benefits payments, E-file, paperless statements of earnings and leave, UNAX electronic certification process, treasury library digitization, BPD GOVerify, BPD summary debt accounting modernization, OFAC electronic processing for license applications pursuant to TSRA, new financial crimes enforcement nework web page, FinCEN paperless initiatives, FinCEN Bank Secrecy Act IT modernization
  • Treasury Library Digitization Process: Statements of Public Debt from 1869 through the present are now publicly available online 
  • February 2012: Launch of IRS2Go: smartphone application to interact with the IRS
  • January 2012: Exempt Organizations Select Check- online search tool that allows users to check the federal tax status and filings for exempt organizations


  • Continue to Increase Transparency: enhance participation and increase high-value datasets on, continue publication on, and Federal IT Dashboard
  • Continue to Expand Participating and Collaboration: enhance feedback tools, practices for public engagement and participation in E-rulemaking, use technology platforms such as ECM to improve collaboration, redesign website, conduct Open Government Roadshows
  • Continue Flagship Initiative #1- Moving to Paperless Treasury: identify additional processes for conversion to electronic workflows, track progress of previous paperless initiatives
  • 2.0 Flagship Initiative- Accessibility Portal: create a one-stop portal for both language and disability accessibility for Treasury information
    • By April 15, 2012: Conduct inventory of current accessible information, create vision and mission for initiative
    • By June 3, 2012: Determine additional information that needs to be available to Limited English Proficient individuals and persons with disabilities
    • By September 30, 2012: Develop additional content- in Spanish and alternative formats
    • By October 30, 2012: Design web portal
    • By December 30, 2012: Develop structure to maintain and review content
    • By June 30, 2013: Develop solutions to make existing content available in the top five LEP languages
  • July 2012: increase the number of datasets released per quarter by two
  • New customer service initiatives to be launched in the coming year
    • Electronic transcript delivery application on
    • Financial Management Service's GoDirect campaign: electronic payments to beneficiaries 
    • IRS video communications technology as a service delivery alternative
  • Summer 2012: Treasury Library Portal, including legislative histories and historical exchange rates
  • December 30, 2012: identify stakeholder outreach efforts
  • December 30, 2012: reduce FOIA backlog by 30 percent 
  • December 30, 2012: identify cost savings resulting from open government initiative
  • Participate in National Action Plan initiatives: modernize management of government records, improve FOIA administration, increase transparency of legal entities formed in US, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Foreign Assistance Dashboard initiative, Smart DIsclosure initiative
  • Expansion of Office of Financial Research "Working Paper Series," with the goal of improving the quality and public availability of OFR analysis 
  • January 2013: New search capabilities for to make it easier for the public to find information
  • September 2014: IRS AFOIA system: paperless response to FOIA requests 

Environmental Protection Agency



Expanding the Environmental Coversation with Communities

  • Completed: Urban Waters
  • Completed: Facets of the Grassroots
  • Ongoing: Improve Communication of Sampling and Testing Results
  • Ongoing: Improve Delivery of Information to Communities

Expanding Public Awareness & Involvement in Developing Rules & Regs

  • Completed: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Webinar Series
  • Completed: Healthy Waters
  • Completed: NPDES Pre-proposal Involvement
  • Completed: Rulemaking Gateway

EPA Mobile Apps to Empower Citien's Environmental Decisions

  • Completed: Apps for the Environment Challenge
  • Ongoing: EPA's Mobile efforts


  • Complete: EPA's OG Plan
  • Complete: Various Data specific activities
  • Complete: Various governance activities
  • Complete: Various policy related activities
  • Complete: Various Communication based activities


Expanding Public Participation in Developing Regulations

  • FY 2012: Overhaul
  • Q4 FY 2012: Develop APIs
  • Q4 FY 2012: Update Federal Docket Management System
  • Q2 FY 2013: Leverage Social Media and Partnerships

FOIA Module

Q1-2 FY 2012: Gather agency feedback

  • Q3 FY 2012: Test Module
  • Q4 FY 2012: Initial internal release
  • Q1 FY 2013: Public-Facing Release

Science-Based Decision Support Tools

  • Q2-Q4 FY 2012: Enhance C-FERST and Tribal-FERST
  • Q4 FY 2013: Release Case Study report
  • Q4 FY 2014: Deploy to EPA website

Strategic Data Action Plan (SDAP) 2.0

  • Q4 FY 2012: Release SDAP 2.0
  • Q1 FY 2013 - Q4 FY 2014: Implement SDAP 2.0 Activities

General Services Administration




Flagship Initiative - Business Breakthrough

  • FY 2011: Complete first of two pilot programs
  • FY 2012: Complete rollout of national Business Breakthrough program

Flagship Initiative - EPUBS (Google) U.S. Government Bookstore

  • FY 2011: develop partnership with Google/GPO to distribute free digital consumer publications to the public. 
  • FY 2011:  will expand ePub distribution to additional national recognized online electronic retailers and book distributors
  • FY 2012:  Add a government publications section to and determine feasibility of new publications shopping site
  • FY 2012: reduce printing and distribution of a hard copy government consumer publications catalog and transition to a robust online electronic catalog

Flagship Initiative - Federal Buidlings Personnel Training (

  • FY 2012: Core competencies identified, curriculum developed and courses, certifications, degrees, licenses and registrations published through
  • FY 2013: Federal Employee Facilities Workforce on web tool. input baseline data, map career paths according to position and level, complete Government Accountability Project analysis, developed GAP closure plan, completed mandatory competencies for position and level, made progress on GAP closure
  • FY 2013 and 2014: Develop comprehensive continuing education program for state-of-the-art high-performance core competencies, to continually advance skill sets through the development of nextt gen core competencies
  • FY 2013 and 2014: Develop administrator-approved method for modifying Facilities Management Service contracts to ensure performance contracting and to insert requirements for contracted personnel to possess and demonstrate high-performance competencies comparable to required by Federal employees doing same task. 

Flagship Initiative -  Electronics Waste Disposal

  • FY 2012: Draft/Publish GSA FMR Bulletin to agencies  regarding electronics waste disposal.
  • FY 2012: Draft FMR revision codifying changes in bulletin 
  • FY 2013: Launch enhanced reporting tool to capture data on electronics disposal. Agency reporting should be reflected w/ 2013 reports
  • FY 2014: Publish reporting data on
  • FY 2015: Publish Reporting data on w/FY 14 #'s vs. baseline

National Aeronautics and Space Administration



  • April 2010: Release of NASA Open Government Plan version 1.0
  • July 2010: NASA accounces three new Centennial Challenges with a total purse of $5 millin
  • October 2010: Nebula Cloud Computing Platform operational for 250+ users
  • October 2010: Launch of new online NASA Tournament Lab platform for software challenges
  • October 2010: NASA hosts an inter-agency collaborative event to discuss open data and the future of the open government community
  • December 2010: Random Hacks of Kindness
  • March 2011: NASA Technical Reports Server relaunched with full-text search
  • March 2011: NASA hosts summit to discuss the future of open source development at the agency
  • April 2011: Partnership strategy for NASA Education released publicly
  • July 2011: NASA@WOrk internal collaboration platform launched with 8 challenges
  • August 2011: NASA IT Summit held in San Francisco with integrated virtual participation
  • August 2011: Release of 
  • September 2011: Green Flight Challenge
  • November 2011: Office of the Chief Technologist received appropriations for forward work
  • December 2011: Random Hacks of Kindness
  • December 2011: Release of


Flagship Initiative - NASA Web Environment

  • 1 year: Release and RFP for NASA's information technology services
  • 1 year: Begin a pilot activity to demonstrate the capability of an Open Source Software Content Management System
  • 1 Year: Consolidate multiple blogging infrastructures to an Open Source Software Content Management System
  • 1 year: Transition's current proprietary content management system to a new open platform
  • 2 years: Migrate other NASA websites into new web infrastructure

Major Initiative - Technology Accelerators

  • April 2012: International Space Apps Challenge - at least 10 global locations
  • 2012 and 2013: LAUNCH, directly support one event a year - a social entrepreneurship program with public/private partnerships to find solutions to intractable sustainability challenges. 
  • 2012 and 2013: Random Hacks of Kindness, directly support two events each year - a community of innovation developing open source solutions for social good. 

Major Initiative - Open Data

  • 2012: NASA's working group - release an additional ten new high-value data sets to, never before released to the public. Explain why each data set is high value upon release
  • 2012: Big Data at NASA - Create opportunities for enhanced coordination across NASA's Big Data activities and expand coorperation with other agencies
  • 2013: - Add an additional 500 datasets to internal directory, include every NASA center, represent as much of NASA's internal work as possible. Increase the percentage of data "graduated" to

Major Initiative- Open Source Software

  • 2012: - increase the number of organizations present on the site and deploy discussion forums
  • 2012: Open Source Summit - Hold second summit, first one was held in March 2011 at Ames Research Center
  • 2013: Collaborative Code Repository - Implement a public and private collaborative code repository

Other Activities

  • 2012: Launch 2 new Centennial Challenges through FY 2012
  • 2012: Complete 3 Innovation Pavilion Challenges and 3 technology needs via consortium
  • 2012: Complete 12 NASA@Work internal challenges
  • 2012: Increase # of students and citizen scientists involved in Sun-Earth Day through synergy among Transit of Venus community
  • 2012: Complete design and implemetation of Office of Education Infrastructure Division org structure employing a systematic approach to information management, technology, and communications
  • 2012: NASA's FOIA office will continue to maintain top-rated citizen-centric program and reduce agency backlog
  • 2012: Launch Center of Excellence collaborative environment for cross-agency sharing of best practices, knowledge management, and collaborative project leadership
  • 2012: Conduct 2 CoE training workshops
  • 2013: Compled, launched, and gathered data from PhoneSat 2.0 satellite, launch PhoneSat 2.0 by June 2013
  • 2013: Produce a PhoneSat 3.0 focusing on dispersed sensor heliphysics and a foldable design
  • 2013: Complete 20 challenge tournaments 
  • 2013: IT Labs program support at least 10 early/mid stage innovations by FY2014...piloting at least 2 of these processes/technologies
  • 2013: Engage at least 1000 high school students in two seasons of Zero Robotics competition
  • 2013: Modernize systems and processes so that more full-text searchable content is available on the public STI NASA Technical Reports Server and complete digitization of archived NASA and NACA (National Advisoru Committee for Aeronautics) content
  • 2013: Establish at least 10 collaborative spaces with interconnectivity and data exchange throughout the agency

Small Business Administration



  • Late 2010: Deployed redesigned web presence at Including improved information architecture, SBA Direct, SBA web chats, and various Web 2.0 tools. SBA continues to improve the site using Google analytics and other metric tracking tools. 
  • Late 2010: Began introducing official blogs. All SBA blogs can be found at Early 2011: Customer Relationship Management Tool
  • October 2011: Presidential Memorandum led to the creation of BusinessUSA and, a collaboration between a number of Federal agencies that is focused on improving the way small business interacts with the government. 
  • December 2011: Apps for Entrepreneurs Challenge ended. Created to give small business new tools by encouraging them to create helpful app
  • Complete: Audit Visibility and Tracking Tool
  • Complete: metics dashboard and web services, SBA web services API,,, inclduing a variety of new datasets
  • Complete: Create mobile apps to enhance access to info and services
  • Complete: Feedback from the Reducing Barriers Roundtable released
  • Ongoing: SBA Recovery Act performance reports


  • March 2012: Consolidate Listservs into an E-mail Marketing Program
  • Early 2013: Online Contracting/Disaster Loan Application Status interface. 
  • 2013-2016: Integrate Open Government Principles into Employee Training

Social Security Administration



Message from the Commissioner

  • "We used our open government website and social media software to obtain employee and public input as we updated our plan. We also infited stakeholders and open government advocates to provide their perspectives and input."
  • "For example, through collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and feedback from medical experts and people with disabilities, we have implemented and expanded our Compassionate Allowances program."

Executive Summary

  • "We published an inventory of our information and evaluated our processes to release information to the public to ensure we could achieve our transparency objectives...we will continue to release information in a format the public can use...We submitted datasets to the Federal governments document repository ("
  • "offer opportunities for participation"
  •  Embraced open government while developing "new Agency Strategic Plan (ASP) for 2013-2016"

Progress on Version 1.0

  • Established an open government website to share information, report on progress, and encourage participation and collaboration
  • Publicly tracked achievements based on gals set up in version 1.0
  • Published 30 high value datasets and completed a Data Inventory & Release Plan for future data releases. 
  • Established social media presence on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Launched a public video contest, hosted a Webinar for college students and young workers, and aired a Webinar in Spanish. 
  • Launched three flagship initiatives: Spanish Retirement Estimator and expanded Spanish online services, Online Service Enhancement tool to streamline the search for information online, and Life Expectancy Calculator


Executive Summary

  • Participation and Collaboration "We will also use our agency internet site ( to share information and provide opportunities for participation and collaboration." Creating infrastructure to "support existing and emerging web technologies" and continue to expand the use of social media to discuss SSA programs and services. 
  • Flagship Initiative and other major projects Version 2.0 includes a flagship initiative (Enhanced Services for People Receiving Benefits) and 3 major projects (Health Information Tech, Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record/Wounded Warrior Collaboration and eAuthorization) to show the value of open government. 

Initiatives currently underway

  • Employee social media policy
  • Google Analytics
  • Testing web 2.0 tech with members of their community. Establishing an enterprise collaboration platform as a "software-as-a-service" cloud solution to make SSA technologies have a consistent look and feel. 
  • Test and incorporate open-source technology. Implemented a centralized lifecycle environment for developers throughout the country.
  • Increase the use of XML and develop a standard approach to storing XML data. 

Goals (Transparency, Participation, Collaboration, and Internalized Open Government) with Projected Completion Dates

  • April 2012: Issue Refreshed Open Government Plan and share it with public and employees (Completed) Q3 FY 2012: Test prototype for new public-facing FOIA site
  • '4Q FY 2012: 'Crowd sourcing tool to engage public and provide participation in disability program policy development
  • End of CY 2012: Launch crowd-sourcing tool, Idea Bench, to collect ideas for enhancement to eBB tool developed for hearing offices
  • End of CY 2012: Test engagement w/ public
  • End of CY 2012: Pilot cloud collaboration platform
  • Q2 FY 2013: Further enhance FOIA site and reading room
  • Q3 FY 2013: Discuss electronic FOIA management solutions with other Federal agencies
  • FY2013 and the Ongoing: Decide on plaftorm for future engagements and then hold additional engagements on areas for regulation change
  • December 2014: Post new high-value data sets and holdings to in 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Ongoing: Post information on Federal Advisory Committee Act groups working on agency issues
  • Ongoing: Post information of agency-sponsored national public meetings
  • Ongoing: Inform public when adopting ideas submitted through collaboration and participatory engagements
  • Ongoing: Hold public engagements to solicit ideas for improving open gov portal, ensure public is getting information it wants
  • Ongoing: Host webinars on valuable topics
  • Ongoing: Provide information and means to provide feedback on various topics
  • Ongoing: Provide public with opportunity to comment on proposed regulations
  • Ongoing: Use focus groups for public input and usability testing before launching online services

Flagship Project (Enhanced Services for People Receiving Benefits) Goals with Projected Completion Dates

  • End of CY 2012: Roll out new, more secure user ID/Password protocol
  • End of FY 2012: Include additional services behind the new protocol
  • FY 2013 and then Ongoing: Explore survey tools and approaches to more timely, detailed customer feedback 
  • FY 2013 and then Ongoing: Establish and use customer service standards for enhanced online services and continue to use customer service metrics for all service channels
  • FY 2013 and the Ongoing: Begin testing streamlined and secure access to online services
  • Ongoing: Collect customer feedback to measure satisfaction and ID opportunities for improvement

Major Initiative Goals with Projected Completion Dates

Health IT

  • End of FY 2012: Expand exchange of medical records through health IT to various medical networks and providers from 9 to 13 states.
  • End of FY 2013: Continue outreach effort to onboard an additional 2-3 medical providers and connect w/ VA and DoD on the Nationwide Health Information Network

Virtual Life Electronic Record Wounded Warrior Collaboration

  • End of CY 2012: Nationwide expansion of DoD/SSA Interim Health Data Sharing Initiative
  • December 2012: Pilot Health IT Exchange with other Federal agencies using NwHIN


  • April 2012: Available for claimants filing online
  • August 2012: Available for claimants who file and online disability appeal
  • FY2013: Explore alternatives for third party filers

Agencies With No Updated Plan

As of April 10, 2012, the following agencies did not have an updated plan available:

U.S. Agency for International Aid

Most recent plan is from April 7, 2010

Department of Education

Most recent plan is from June 25, 2010

Department of the Interior

Most recent plan is from June 25, 2010

Department of Labor

Most recent plan is from April 7, 2010

Department of Veteran's Affairs

Most recent plan is from June 2010

National Science Foundation

Most recent plan is from September 2010

Nuclear Regulatory Council

Most recent plan is from June 2010

Office of Personnel Management

They have an update announcement but no actual plan

Council for Environmental Policy

Most recent plan is from June 2010

Office of Management and Budget

Most recent plan is from June 2010

Office of National Drug Control Policy


Office of Science and Technology

Most recent plan is from April 7, 2010

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Most recent plan is from July 2011