Government announces openness

WASHINGTON – Wednesday the Obama Administration released open government plans of all Cabinet agencies.

The Administration hopes these steps would result in a government that is more transparent, open and accountable.

Examples include:

Department of Health and Human Services' Community Health Data Initiative
:  This initiative will publish online a large-scale Community Health Data Set -- a wealth of easily accessible, downloadable information data on community health care costs, quality, access, and public health.  HHS will work with outside experts and citizens to take advantage of the new data to raise awareness of community health performance and spark improvements. 

Department of Energy's Open Energy Information Initiative:  DOE has launched Open Energy Information (, a new open-source web platform that opens DOE resources and data to the public.  The free, editable, and evolving Wii-platform will help to deploy clean energy technologies across the country and the world. also will provide technical resources, including U.S. lab tools, which can be used by developing countries as they move toward clean energy deployment.

Department of Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative:  The VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) will invite VA employees, private sector entrepreneurs, and academic leaders to contribute the best ideas for innovations to increase Veteran access to VA services, reduce or control costs of delivering those services, enhance the performance of VA operations, and improve the quality of service Veterans and their families receive.  The VA Innovation Initiative will identify, prioritize, fund, test, and deploy the most promising solutions to the VA's most important challenges. 

Department of Housing and Urban Development's Homelessness Prevention Resources Initiative:  Many agencies and organizations struggle with the task of capturing information about the homeless.  Even more difficult is the task of predicting when and where homelessness will strike.  HUD believes that homelessness can be averted by combining information from multiple agencies and using the data to identify communities that may be at a tipping point towards increased homelessness.  HUD will work to develop a set of tools and processes to help predict at-risk communities, allowing the Department to take proactive steps to combat it.

The Administration released an Open Government Progress Report to coincide with the Directive, outlining the steps that the federal government has implemented to break down those barriers to public participation and agency transparency.