Memorandum M-09-12, President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government

Interagency Collaboration



On January 21, 2009 President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government affirming his Administration's commitment to innovation in government (see attached). The President's Memorandum calls for the development of recommendations for a Directive. This Directive will, in turn, instruct departments and agencies on specific actions that implement the principles outlined in the President's memorandum:

  • Transparency - “Put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public.”
  • Participation - “Offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking.”
  • Collaboration - “Use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate … across all levels of Government and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in theprivate sector.”

The implementation of the Memorandum will be conducted as a collaborative, interagency process. To contribute recommendations for the Directive, federal employees are invited to participate in an online discussion via the MAX Federal Community. OSTP, OMB and GSA will host this discussion through March 6th to identify topics for the Directive. This initial online conversation will be followed by an opportunity in March and April for each agency to submit official statements of position, collaborate on drafting the Directive, and review the final draft Directive.