Open Government Initiative

On January 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government as his first executive action. The memorandum outlines three core values for government: transparency, participation, and collaboration. Click here to read the memorandum.

The memorandum outlines three core values for government:

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

The Udall Foundation embraces the values of transparency, participation, and collaboration as it works to implement its mission. This webpage highlights actions undertaken by the Udall Foundation in response to the directive. These include publishing relevant data sets and designating a senior official responsible for the quality of the Foundation's federal spending information.

Data Sources

Udall Scholars by Name, State, and School - 1999 to Present
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Members of the National Roster of ECR Professionals
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Environmental Conflict Resolution - Data Set of Case Briefings
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Contact Us

Phil Lemanski, Executive Director, Udall Foundation

Patricia Orr, Director of Policy, Planning and Budget, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

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