2010 Open Government Scorecard

During an evaluation conducted Jan. 29, 2010, GSA met expectations in all four areas for which it had to meet deadlines for deliverables in implementing President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. Specific directions for implementing the initiative are in the Open Government Directive.

Overall Progress

Agency High Value Data Data Integrity Open Gov Web page Public Consultation Open Gov Plan
GSA Green Green Green Green Green

Green – Meets expectations; Yellow - Demonstrated progress toward expectations; Red – Fails to meet expectations

Progress Areas

1. High-Value Data. The directive requires each agency to “identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value data sets … and register those data sets via Data.gov” within 45 days.

Score Criteria
Meets Has the agency registered on Data.gov three high-value data sets never before available online or in a downloadable format?

GSA published raw data on Data.gov satisfying the 45 day deadline (Jan. 22, 2010). Several of these data sets were requested through Data.gov's "suggestion" process and have received higher than average scores and comments since their posting. We added a raw data option for the Excluded Parties Listing System, another data set requested by the public.

Here are descriptions of these high-value data sets.

The Central Contractor Registration database tracks data on contractors that do business with the U.S. rederal government. In accessing this data the public can learn more about where the government is spending taxpayer dollars. Contractors are required to register with CCR in order to contract with the federal government. CCR validates the registrant information and electronically shares the data with the federal agencies’ finance offices to facilitate paperless payments through electronic funds transfer.

The U.S. federal government is required by law to make timely payments on its purchases for supplies and services. The cash and payments management data show that GSA executes this mission in a compliant, efficient and effective manner. By using this data, citizens can track the timeliness of the government's payments and compliance with this law, allowing the public to better understand the efficiency of their government.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a one-stop shop for the public to find information about federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. By providing a single source for all types of assistance GSA helps to simplify the citizens' search process for vital government assistance. CFDA provides a full listing of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

The Excluded Parties List System identifies parties who are excluded from doing business with the U.S. federal government through contracts, certain subcontracts and certain types of federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits. The EPLS keeps all government contracting officers up to date on which parties are excluded from receiving federal contracting dollars. In posting this data, GSA allows citizens to follow where taxpayer dollars are going and ensures those dollars are flowing to appropriate sources.

The Federal Advisory Committee Act Committee member lists show who is serving in an advisory capacity to the U.S. federal government. These committees perform an important service by addressing and analyzing policy and practical issues that are important to the public and the government. By reviewing the committee member lists, citizens can better understand the individuals that are providing advice to the U.S. federal government, and learn how that advice is used in the decision making process.

2. Data Integrity. The directive requires each agency to “designate a high-level senior official to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, the federal spending information publicly disseminated through such public venues as USAspending.gov or other similar websites.”

Score Criteria
Meets Has the agency designated a high-level senior official to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, publicly disseminated federal spending information?

On Jan. 15, 2010, the General Services Administration designated Kathleen M. Turco, then chief financial officer for GSA, to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, the federal spending information publicly disseminated through such public venues as USAspending.gov or other similar websites. Angela Smith, supported Kathleen Turco and was assigned to OMB's agencywide quality framework working group to lead the implementation of the quality framework in GSA.

3. Open government Web page. The directive requires each agency to “create an open government Web page located at agency.gov/open to serve as the gateway for agency activities related to the Open Government Directive.”

Score Criteria
Meets Has the agency stood up an open government Web page that meets each instruction set forth in the directive?

GSA's open Web page has been designed, created and staged, and meets each instruction as set forth in the directive. GSA was on target to launch by Feb. 6, 2010.

4. Public Consultation. The Directive requires agencies to conduct “extensive public and employee engagement “in developing, reviewing, and updating its Open Government Plan.

Score Criteria
Meets Does the open government Web page incorporate a mechanism for the public to provide input on the agency’s Open Government Plan; provide input about which information to prioritize for publication; and give feedback on assessment of the quality of published information? In addition, has the agency developed and staffed a plan to respond to public input received on its open government Web page on a regular basis?

GSA used IdealScale to gather public ideas and comments. GSA's /Open Web page design allows for the public to collaborate on GSA's Open Government Implementation and Plan. Moderators were trained and prepared to begin the facilitation process of the consultation on Feb. 6, 2010. Subject-matter experts were identified to be able to add to the ongoing conversation and respond, as needed.

5. Open Government Plan Self-Evaluation. Agencies were required to complete an OMB self-evaluation form for their open government plans by April 23, 2010. Using a list of 30 criteria drawn directly from the text of the Open Government Directive, agencies were to respond with one of the following:

Red – Plan does not address or satisfy the requirement; Yellow – Plan partially satisfies the requirement; Green – Plan fully satisfies the requirement; N/A – Not applicable because agency does not engage in that activity or area

Formulating Transparency Participation Collaboration Flagship
Green - Fully Satisfies Green - Fully Satisfies Green - Fully Satisfies Green - Fully Satisfies Green - Fully Satisfies
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