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NASA Releases Status On Open Government Initiatives

By SpaceRef Editor
April 15, 2011
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NASA Releases Status On Open Government Initiatives

WASHINGTON — On the one year anniversary of NASA’s Open Government Initiative, the agency is releasing a detailed assessment on the status of its projects to increase transparency and accountability to the American public.

The assessment marks the agency’s progress toward more than 150 milestones on 19 open government projects and three flagship initiatives and is available at:

“We are creating new ways to engage the public in solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation and striving to incorporate open government into every facet of our mission,” said Beth Robinson, NASA’s chief financial officer and senior accountable official for Open Government.

The report also includes new information about NASA’s Freedom of Information Act process, released data sets, and social media use.

“NASA continues to innovate on its approach to open government,” said Nick Skytland of NASA’s Open Government Initiative. “Our commitment to experimenting with and embracing new participatory ways of collaboration begins with our efforts to infuse open government into the U.S. space program.”

NASA’s Open Government Plan has been recognized as one of the best in federal government. NASA was among a few agencies recognized with two Leading Practices Awards from the White House for achievement above and beyond the requirements of the Open Government Directive in the categories of “Participation and Collaboration” and “Flagship Initiatives.” The White House issued the Open Government Directive calling on executive branch agencies to become more open and countable in December 2009. To learn more, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.