Open Government and the TPC Framework
About 10 days ago, Barak Obama published the following memo. It is a must-read. His TPC Framework (transparency, participation, collaboration) reminds us that the three need to play together if we want to make networked governance work.
SUBJECT:Â Â Â Â Â Transparency and Open GovernmentMy Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.Â We will work together to ensure the public trustÂ and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.Â Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.Government should be transparent. Â Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about whatÂ their Government is doing. Â Information maintained by theÂ Federal Government is a national asset.Â My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, toÂ disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.Â Executive departments and agencies shouldÂ harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public.Â Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.Government should be participatory.Â Public engagement enhances the Government’s effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions.Â Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and publicÂ officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.Â Executive departments andÂ agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information.Â Executive departments andÂ agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation inÂ Government.Government should be collaborative. Â Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government.Â Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Â Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120Â days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum.Â The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at lawÂ or in equity by a party against the UnitedÂ States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, orÂ agents, or any other person.This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.BARACK OBAMA