Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OpenGovRadio 7/28/10: A Tour of "Federal Register 2.0"

Here's what we'll discuss on this Wednesday's OpenGovRadio show (July 29th, 2:00 pm ET):

A Tour of "Federal Register 2.0" with NARA's Ray Mosley

President Obama wants federal agencies to be "transparent, participatory, and collaborative".

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA; aka "National Archives") is responsible for maintaining federal documents (transparency) and uses the Federal Register to publicize federal proposals that are being offered for public review and comment (participation/collaboration).  It has been doing this since 1936.

I'm Stephen Buckley, your host on OpenGovRadio, and my guest for this week's show will be Ray Mosley, Director of NARA's Office of the Federal Register.  We'll be talking about the recent launch of "Federal Register 2.0".

Never heard of the Federal Register?  Then you need to watch this intro video:

And some more about the development of "Federal Register 2.0":

In addition to listening to the show on your computer, you can add to the discussion with your comments and questions. You can do that in either (or all) of three ways:

A.  Post a Comment/Question on this Blog at least one hour before the show begins.  Scroll down to "green box" (below) and click on "Comment".  It must be concise, and focused on the Open Government Initiative (or else it will not be approved).  Commentors can choose to remain anonymous.

B.  Email a comment/question Confidentially to your host Stephen Buckley, who fully understands the risk of raising unwelcome questions within the government.  Mr. Buckley can then raise the question "on-air" without identifying you.

C.  Call-in "live" to (917) 388-4210 with your comment/question.  However --  The host will ONLY "go to the phones" AFTER all the posted Comments (see green box, below) have been addressed.  Callers are welcome to add/ask a "follow-up" to those posted Comments.

Handy Links to "Open Government":

1.  President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (1/21/09)

2.  White House's Open Government Directive (12/8/09)

3.  OMB's "Initial Assessment of OpenGov Plans" of Federal Agencies

4.  OMB's "OpenGov Dashboard" for tracking Compliance by Federal Agencies

5.  GovLoop's Chart of the OpenGov Plans

6.  Transparent Leadership by Roger Schwarz (Government Executive magazine, 4/7/10)

"When you are transparent, you create better results and relationships because others understand your thinking. People always are trying to find the meaning of actions, especially leaders' behaviors. When you fail to be transparent, you increase the chance that others will come up with their own theories about your intentions and motives - theories that often will differ from yours.

Additional Links for Today's Show:

7.  National Archives homepage: NARA.gov

8.  NARA's Open Government Webpage (and our 6/29/10 interview with Pamela Wright, head of NARA's OpenGov Team).

9.  NARA's Office of the Federal Register

10.  NARA's "Federal Register 2.0" 

11.  From the developers at GovPulse.US:
"GovPulse was built to .. open the doors of government to the people they work for.  By making such documents as the Federal Register searchable, more accessible and easier to digest, GovPulse seeks to encourage every citizen to become more involved in the workings of their government and make their voice heard on the things that matter to them, from the smallest to the largest issues."

12.  Washington Post (Ed O'Keefe, 7/26/10):
"Federal Register relaunching Web site to make it easier to navigate"

13.  Federal News Radio (Max Cacas, 7/16/10):
"Federal Register Set to Unveil Extreme Makeover"

14.  Federal News Radio (Chris Dorobek, 7/27/10):
"New Federal Register Website Opens Info to Public"

15.  GovFresh.com (Luke Fretwell, 7/27/10)
"Government, citizen developers join forces to build new Federal Register 2.0 Website"

16.  Free Tutorials: "The Federal Register: What It Is and How to Use It"

17.  Regulations.gov (and our 5/18/10 interview with EPA's John Moses)

18.  Follow the Federal Register on Twitter: http://twitter.com/FedRegister

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