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- The White House’s “reasoned response” omitted key civil society prioritiesThis public comment was transmitted to the White House Working Group on Open Government on December 20th, 2022. As the U.S. government has still not published the public comments it received since May 2022 during the delayed co-creation process for the 5th National Action Plan for Open Government for the Open Government Partnership, we are …
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- Response to the proposed themes for a 5th U.S. National Action Plan on Open GovernmentLast week, the U.S. government posted a summary of the feedback they have heard on making government more inclusive and responsive and invited the American public to read and share these summaries, and let the White House know what we thought of them by December 9, 2022 by emailing email@example.com. The following is the response …
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- Recommendations on improving implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and data transparencyToday, our director provided brief remarks in response to the White House’s request for feedback from the public about proposed federal commitments to improve public access to data. The following written recommendations are the (longer) version of that public comment, with specific tactical and strategic recommendations for improving administration of the Freedom of Information Act …
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