Several times this year, I've blogged about DOT's efforts to fulfill President Obama's Open Government Directive. Yesterday, the effectiveness of those efforts were acknowledged in an announcement on whitehouse.gov by Aneesh Chopra and Cass Sunstein.
Chopra, US Chief Technology Officer, and Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, praised DOT's Open Gov achievements with Leading Practices awards in two categories:
- Leadership Governance and Culture Change
- Flagship Initiative
I've observed government close-up for more than two decades, and I know how slowly the wheels of change can spin. So I am very proud of what our Open Gov team has been able to accomplish in the first category. Recognition for "Leadership, Governance, and Culture Change" means DOT is developing a culture where employees are encouraged to promote transparency, seek opportunities to increase citizen engagement, and collaborate with others across the government and outside the government.
And I've already expressed my support for our "Flagship Initiative," Regulation Room on this blog. That website, piloted with the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative, has been a tremendous success, and I am really pleased that DOT's partnership with Cornell was recognized for a Leading Practices award.
In fact, there's a proposed rulemaking posted on Regulation Room right now, so if you're at all interested in weighing-in on airline passenger rights, please give it visit at www.regulationroom.org.
Thank you to all those who have participated in the Department's Open Gov work so far. It's terrific to see DOT leading the way.