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Interior Department Launches Open Government Plan


Today the U.S. Department of the Interior published its DOI Open Government Plan, detailing how it will improve transparency and integrate public participation and collaboration into its activities. DOI developed the plan in response to President Obama’s call for an open and accountable government, which he laid out in his Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.

The plan, which meets the April 7 deadline the Office of Management and Budget required in its Open Government Directive, includes the specific actions DOI will undertake to incorporate the key principles of transparency, collaboration and participation into its core mission. It incorporates ideas DOI received from the public through Open Interior Idea Scale, as well as from a department-wide cross-disciplinary team DOI set up to address the important policy, culture and technology elements to open government.

In keeping with OMB’s directive, and in support of the priority Secretary Ken Salazar has placed on addressing climate change, DOI has chosen improving access to climate-change information as the flagship initiative for its Open Government Plan. This initiative will identify, organize, publish, and promote the use of hard science and data associated with natural-resources management. DOI will incorporate the principles of open government into this initiative as follows:  

DOI’s Open Government Plan also calls for the development of a DOI Innovation Gallery, which will be similar to the White House Innovation Gallery. The gallery will be available for both employees and the public to learn more about the interesting ways government employees solve problems both efficiently and effectively in support of DOI and the public it serves. 

In addition to its flagship initiative, DOI’s Open Government Plan includes Salazar’s priority of engaging youth in the outdoors.

DOI has posted its full Open Government Plan at You can submit your feedback on the Open Government Plan by sending and email to