Open Government Plan


Start: 2010-04-07, Publication: 2010-04-26


Commerce fully embraces the principles of transparent and open government established by the President. Through this openness and the resulting interaction with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and private citizens Commerce will better understand the products and services that are needed, how to improve their usefulness, and whether they are effectively contributing to the Department’s mission. Through this effort, Commerce hopes to increase transparency and accountability, develop a new paradigm for internal and external collaboration and public participation in the decision-making process, facilitate timely and high quality review processes, and encourage the establishment of innovative programs that strengthen the private sector by further leveraging available information. The Department will leverage its data and services to accomplish these objectives by: * Continuing its leadership role in the initiative by increasing the number of high value data sets made readily available to the American public; * Developing analytical partnerships with the private sector, including businesses, academia and nonprofit organizations, to broaden input received for consideration during the regulatory process; * Creating online tools to improve private sector access to Commerce services and to enhance understanding of its funding opportunities; and * Increasing the use of social media tools to encourage the public to participate in idea-generation and to provide feedback on Commerce initiatives.

Conclusion - The Department of Commerce is committed to the principles of Open Government established by President Obama: transparency, participation and collaboration. It will build on its long history of information dissemination and adopt new tools and technology available to make its actions, decisions and information more transparent and accessible to the American people. It will continue to encourage and strive for increased participation among its employees, with other government agencies and by the American people. This plan represents just the beginning of a continuing journey – a journey toward a more fully open and effective Department of Commerce. As implementation proceeds, the team of open government collaborators will grow both internally and externally. Commerce will continue to make public its ideas and plans to become more open on the Open Government website – – and to seek input from stakeholders to help in achieving that objective. Commerce invites the American public to join in as the Department moves toward a more collaborative, effective provider of government services and information.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:U.S. Department of Commerce


Commerce fosters economic growth and opportunity by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and stewardship. For nearly 100 years, it has partnered with the U.S. business community to maintain a prosperous, productive America that is committed to free and fair trade, competitiveness, and environmental stewardship. Commerce has a long-standing record of innovation in manufacturing, transportation, communication, and measurement standards, and has contributed significantly to U.S. leadership in the international marketplace. It leads the way in dissemination of information, including economic and demographic statistics, technological innovation, weather and climate research, and marine resources management. And as the Department prepares to enter its second century of service to the American public, it seeks to ensure that the United States retains its position as a leader in the world economy.