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Frequently Asked Questions Open Government

What is an open government and what does it mean to OPM?

An open government is transparent, participatory, and collaborative. Transparency means sharing data and information. Participation means hearing and implementing ideas from many kinds of people and organizations. Collaboration means engaging in ongoing conversation with employees and the public and working together to solve problems. Doing these things not only increases our own accountability but also build trust with the American people.

You can read various versions of our Open Government Plan on our Web site.

Our take on openness has been to start by focusing on collaboration, both inside OPM and with people who were not affiliated with us before we wrote the first version of our Open Government Plan. For example, we have worked with other agencies to share technology solutions and with members of the public on improving responsiveness to our stakeholders.

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