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self-evaluation

The Office of Management and Budget recently requested a self-evaluation of each Executive Branch agency’s Open Government efforts. Some of the areas evaluated are publishing government information on our website, improving the quality of the information we provide, and ways we encourage participation with citizens. In 2010 we conducted our first self assessment. We are happy to report we have continued to make significant progress on all three tenets of openness: transparency, collaboration, and participation. Our recent activities include:

  • Hiring a dedicated records officer who has been systematically implementing improvements to records management at OPM.
  • Exploring social media for interacting with the public. We have Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube accounts, all accessible from our homepage. We were particularly pleased to receive kudos on a recent earthquake-related Facebook post: "Thanks for keeping us informed! You guys are doing a great job in using social media to keep feds informed."
  • Expanding online training for OPM employees with integrated social media tools, one of which allows users to share comments on books in our online library.
  • Using a crowdsourcing tool to get ideas from employees on how to improve our work and environment here at OPM.

Of course we will continue to work with our employees, our customers and other federal agencies on ways we can improve. In the next few weeks we’ll ask for your feedback on plain writing in our documents and then report back to you on our progress. We remain committed to working with and for you. Please feel free to leave your comments on how to make OPM more open here on our blog.


Thank you for your comments on OPM's Open Government Plan. We hope you’ll continue to offer your ideas about and critiques of the plan and its implementation as we go forward with revising it and translating it into action.

Last week, we submitted a self-evaluation to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We reformatted the document for the Web and hope you’ll give it a look. We encourage you to use the comment section of this post to tell us what you think.

We expect to receive evaluations from OMB and at least one public interest group. In the meantime, we’re focusing on writing our charter and forming the many groups described in the Governance and Sustainability section of the plan.

We’re also redesigning our OpenOPM portal to provide a better user experience. If you have any ideas on how to improve the site, please share those as well.

Thanks again for your interest. We look forward to hearing your ideas about our plan and how to make OPM a more open agency!

 

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the OpenOPM initiative, visit www.opm.gov/open.

 
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