Here is the outline for our 2016 Open Government Plan. Let us know what you think. We've also posted this on GitHub/NASA for your comments: https://github.com/nasa/Open-Gov-Plan-v4.
NASA and Open Government
NASA is an open government agency based on the founding legislation in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which calls for participation and sharing in the conduct of how we go about the business of expanding the frontiers of knowledge, advancing understanding of the universe, and serving the American public.
From 2010 to date, NASA’s Open Government Initiative has matured, evolved, and adapted to shifting priorities in leadership from the White House, Office of Management and Budget, and NASA executives. The original tenets have not changed; however, the application of open government principles -- participation, transparency, and openness -- are applied according to priorities of agency leadership.
NASA Organizational Structure
The first two Open Gov Plans cite the following five cross-cutting objectives, which still apply:
Increase Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders,
Enable citizen participation in NASA missions (prizes and challenges, citizen science),
Improve internal NASA collaboration and innovation,
Encourage partnerships that can create economic opportunity, and
Since the last Open Gov Plan in 2014, we’ve made significant progress enriching and enhancing the foundations laid by previous Plans. Though some of these activities listed in this section are not new, we’ve added new capabilities and capacities to continue this good work, as we move forward into the next two years. Here is a top-level look at projects we love. And by the participant response we’ve seen so far, you love them too. This is your opportunity to give feedback.
Keeping Track: From Then to Now
We heard from citizens that tracking progress across all the Plans [2010, 2012, 2014 and now 2016] is difficult. To address this, we collected all the activities from previous Plans. When we publish the plan, these two sections will be organized in a matrix format for easy reference, with an update on progress, and whether or not the activity is complete, closed out, or ongoing. At this point, we’ve listed them with the year we introduced them into our Open Gov Plans.
Historical and Ongoing Activities included in previous Open Gov Plans
Flagship Initiatives: Historical Plan Matrix
We believe NASA will continue to lead federal agencies as we experiment with and create innovative frameworks for citizen participation in our journey to explore the universe of knowledge about our existence in the universe. We understand that not every human will touch space...yet, but in the meantime, we will endeavor to provide opportunities for citizens to engage with us in meaningful ways, and continue to provide access to our research, technology, and data so that it can be used to make their lives better.
Open Innovation Program Manager