From the project website:
On his first day in office, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government and made clear his commitment to “creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” He laid out the three core principles: transparency, public participation, and collaboration.
With the July release of the White House guidance concerning the 2016 Open Government Plan, the Department of State is preparing publish its fourth Open Government Plan in September. Open Government highlights the importance of public participation in governance and the need for government agencies to engage with the public in an open, transparent manner. Over the years, the Department of State has sought to engage the public, in a variety of fora, on aspects of policy, including specifically Open Government. Now, during these final stages in the preparation of the 2016 Open Government Plan, we are taking advantage of this “GovUp” platform (itself an Open Government initiative) hosted by TechChange, to discuss the range of initiatives being considered for inclusion in the 2016 plan. We also look forward to discussing the State Department’s proposed flagship initiatives, which highlight how Open Government enables us to achieve the foreign policy objectives of the U.S. government more effectively. We look forward to your comments.
We also plan to follow this comment period with a live discussion.