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America’s Operating System, Open Source.

America’s Operating System, Open Source.

Law.Gov is an idea, an idea that the primary legal materials of the United States should be readily available to all,
and that governmental institutions should make these materials available in bulk as distributed, authenticated,
well-formatted data.
To make this idea a reality, a series of workshops were held throughout the country, resulting in a consensus
on 10 core principles.

The primary legal materials of the United States are the raw materials of our democracy. They should be made more broadly available to enable an informed citizenry.

Primary legal materials include documents of primary authority issued by governmental bodies, such as court opinions, statutes, and regulations. They also include the supporting documents and other media issued and maintained by those bodies, such as dockets, hearings, forms, oral arguments, and legislative histories. These materials can be found in every branch, at every level, national, tribal, state and local, and should be

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OpenGov – Open Government Brainstorm – by IdeaScale

OpenGov – Open Government Brainstorm – by IdeaScale

How can we strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative?

June 26, 2009

The Open Government Dialogue is now closed. Because of your participation, this dialogue has generated a rich collection of ideas that will shape the President’s commitment to making our government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.

This dialogue represented the first of a three-phase process that is soliciting public input in crafting recommendations on open government. Summaries of the brainstorming that has occurred here, and of subsequent phases in the process, can be found on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog.

Visit the White House Open Government Initiative website for more information.

The National Academy of Public Administration

On January 21st, the President issued the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an unprecedented level of openness in government. In the memorandum,

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Open Government Training | Washington State

Open Government Training | Washington State

Welcome to the Open Government Training web page of the Office of the Attorney General.

General Information & Instructions

Click on the dropdown boxes below for “General Information and Instructions.” To take online training, scroll down to “Open Government Training Curriculum & Resources.” For sample documentation, scroll down to “Last Step: Training Documentation.”




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NY driver’s licenses open to undocumented immigrants

NY driver’s licenses open to undocumented immigrants


Eddie Taveras, New York immigration manager for, discusses the Green Light bill during an interview in the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau, April 10, 2019.


ALBANY, N.Y. – Federal immigration and border officials have been blocked from New York’s DMV database, a move that keeps them from accessing data that can be used to help determine whether a vehicle owner has a criminal history or a warrant for their arrest.

New York’s Green Light Law took effect Saturday, allowing those without legal immigration status to apply for driver’s licenses in New York.

But the law also included a provision prohibiting state DMV officials from providing any of its data to entities that enforce immigration law unless a judge orders them to, leading the state to cut off database access to at least three federal agencies last week.

Among them were U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP

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Open Government at USDA | USDA

Open Government at USDA | USDA

Openness and Transparency principles permeate all levels and stages of mission/business delivery at USDA. The 2016 updates in the USDA Open Government Plan 4.0 address operational outcomes achieved since the last Plan update (v3, 2014), along with planned future improvements in specific Open subject areas.

This USDA Open Government Plan 4.0 Update (PDF, 874 KB) is the fifth iteration of Open planning at the Department. It is preceded by Open Plans 1.0 (2010), 1.1 (2010), 2.0 (2012) and 3.0 (2014). Plan 4.0 continues to build from its predecessors; in that Plans 1.0 and 1.1 were primarily foundational in nature and focused on establishing and launching basic Open structures and procedures, while Plan 2.0 emphasized the promotion of new Open media and Open cultural changes. Plan 3.0 reported wide ranging successes and announced progressive future objectives in practicing Open as a business norm and accepting Open as a strategic organizational value.

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VA Open Government –

VA Open Government –

Open Government

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Open Government Initiative

On his first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum to all Federal Agencies directing them to break down barriers to transparency, participation, and collaboration between the Federal Government and the people it serves. For more information on this presidential initiative visit White House Open Government Initiative.

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VA’s Open Government Plan

The Open Government Directive mandated that Executive Departments and Agencies would create a plan to detail the specific actions it would take to become more transparent, to increase participation, and to be more collaborative. On April 7, 2010, after soliciting ideas from the public, we released our plan—and it’s something we look forward to implementing. View VA’s Open Government Plan.

VA’s Customer Service Plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fulfills President Lincoln’s promise to care for all Veterans and his or her family. As required by Executive Order

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What’s open, closed, will it affect you?

What’s open, closed, will it affect you?

The government is closed – possibly for a “very long shutdown” according to President Donald Trump – but will it make a difference in your life?

The answer? It depends.

If you’re among the 800,000 government employees who are not deemed “essential,” you will feel the effects of the shutdown: You will either be furloughed or forced to work without pay until the standoff is resolved.

The shutdown, which began at midnight Saturday when Congress couldn’t agree on a spending plan that included $5 billion for Trump’s border wall, affects nine departments: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development, as well as several agencies. Six departments had budgets approved earlier.

What won’t be affected by the shutdown?

Flights. Air-traffic controllers and security officers still will be on the job even though the shutdown has begun.

Amtrak. The trains are run by a government-owned

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Open Government LogoThe Open Government Initiative lays out the Obama Administration plan to usher in a new era of open and accountable government that will bridge the gap between the American people and their government. The core values of this initiative are:

  • Transparency: Government should provide citizens with information about what their government is doing so that government can be held accountable.
  • Participation:  Government should actively solicit expertise from outside Washington so that it makes policies with the benefit of the best information.
  • Collaboration: Government officials should work together with one another and with citizens as part of doing their job of solving national problems.

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  • develop our Open Government Plan
  • prioritize information for publication
  • improve the availability and quality of published information

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OSUN | Open Society University Network

OSUN | Open Society University Network

Philanthropic Partner

For almost 30 years, OSF has supported innovative cooperation between CEU and Bard College, and between their respective national and international networks. During this period, OSF has contributed to the development of groundbreaking higher education institutions, first in Central and Eastern Europe, and then globally. OSF also supported a program of fellowships in higher education that has intellectually empowered tens of thousands of students and educators throughout the world.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is an international grant-making network that supports civil society groups around the world, with the aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media. Since its inception, in 1993, it has contributed:

  • $15.2 billion in total expenditures
  • 50,000+ grants to organizations, scholars, and activists in 120+ countries

Although originally focused in the 1990s on Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, South Africa, and Myanmar, OSF has since expanded its network to Africa, Asia,

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