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Federal Agency Managers and Staff
Weigh-In on Open Government Agenda

Open Government Report Reflects Views from Public Participation Champions at 23 Federal Agencies and Offices

Sea of participants at tables Federal managers and staff from 23 different agencies and offices across the federal government recommended that the President’s Open Government Directive create a new government-wide structure that will transform how the government involves the American people in key decision making in a new report, called Champions of Participation.

Read the Champions of Participation Executive Summary and full Report of Proceedings.

A video of conference participants presenting elements of the report to Beth Noveck of the Open Government Directive may be viewed here.

The Champions of Participation report was created based on a one-day conference that was convened in Washington, DC, by AmericaSpeaks , Demos, Everyday Democracy, and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Among the recommendations from the Champions of Participation are to:

  • Require all agencies to submit plans within 120 days that outline how civic engagement will be incorporated into achieving their missions.
  • Convene a national policy discussion on health care reform in order to demonstrate the role that the public can play in national policy making on a key policy issue.
  • Establish a federal institute for public engagement, similar to the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, to gather research on best practices, conduct trainings for federal managers, and develop a knowledge-base on participation and collaboration.
  • Direct the nation’s 28 Federal Executive Boards to implement collaborative partnership efforts at the regional level and report on plans for their participation and collaboration projects within 180 days.
  • Require agencies to modify and augment existing performance measurement and scorecard systems to include community engagement criteria and metrics.
  • Provide agencies with incentives to pilot public engagement through a prestigious government-wide award, a competition among agencies for funding to support new participation and collaboration projects, learning opportunities, and incentives that are integrated into senior leadership competency requirements.

Federal managers who participated in the development of the report came from a diverse set of agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Energy, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Park Service, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.