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USDA Open Government Plan

Give us feedback on what we’ve done with our Open Gov Plan.

Does it ensure we are delivering the most open and responsive government possible?

This is a dynamic document and we hope to continue the discussion. What can we add? How can we work better with you to get the results you need? Check back for updates and progress reports.

To review and comment on some of the major sections of the Open Government Plan, head over to Discuss Our Ideas.

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USDA’s Open Gov Plan 2.0

Categories:  Plan 
Tags:  OGP  Plan  USDA  open  opengov  150 
Created: 9 April 2012 | Comments [0] | Add Comment
 
 In 2012, the USDA commemorates the 150th anniversary of our founding in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture, referred to as the "The People's Department." Although only about 2 percent of Americans today live on a farm, our work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and a host of issues still touches the lives of every American, every day, fulfilling Lincoln?s vision even today.

This plan reflects the work of our entire Department, lessons learned and explores the path forward. It is in this spirit of serving the nation through USDA?s mission as ?The People?s Department? that we continue to fulfill Open Government principles.

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USDA Customer Service Plan

Categories:  Plan 
Tags:  Customer Service  Plan  Experience 
Created: 15 November 2011 | Comments [1] | Add Comment
 

As required by Executive Order 13571 on Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service, the USDA Customer Service Plan identifies key actions and initiatives aimed at improving the customer experience, modernizing and streamlining processes, reducing costs, accelerating delivery, and using innovative technology to advance customer service.  You can read our plan here.

This is just a sample of what USDA is doing to improve our service.  If you have additional ideas for the programs spotlighted below, or any others, we encourage you to share them with us.

USDA Customer Service Plan


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Final Regulatory Reform Plan August 2011

Categories:  Plan 
Tags:  Regulation 
Created: 23 August 2011 | Comments [3] | Add Comment
 
 

USDA received comments on its preliminary plan from a number of groups and individuals. Taking these comments into account, USDA has developed a revised plan for reviewing its regulations. In this revised plan, USDA remains committed to minimizing the burdens on individuals, businesses and communities attempting to access programs that promote economic growth, create jobs, and protect the health and safety of the American people.

You can read our plan and learn more about the objective and focus of each agency within USDA, as well as the regulatory reviews process, here. (PDF, 460K)

We continue to invite the public to use the Open.gov site to make comments on all facets of USDA.


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USDA’s Open Government Plan, Version 1.1

Categories:  Plan 
Tags:  Open Government Plan  Transparency  Participation  Collaboration  Innovation  Datasets 
Created: 1 July 2010 | Comments [3] | Add Comment
 

USDA has continued to move forward with Open Government and ensure the principals of Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration become an integral part of our mission and culture. The USDA Open Government Plan has been updated to include the list of key departmental tasks to further implement Open Government, a Dataset calendar, and integration of internal and external user feedback.

USDA welcomes your feedback, comments, suggestions, and ideas to help us truly meet the spirit and principles of Open Government.


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USDA’s Open Government Plan: A Commitment to Transparency and Openness

Categories:  Plan 
Tags:  Open Government Plan  Transparency  Participation  Collaboration  Innovation  Datasets 
Created: 7 April 2010 | Comments [2] | Add Comment
 

USDA has released our Open Government Plan, formalizing plans to integrate openness, transparency, participation and collaboration into the Department's every day operations.

To efficiently meet the Open Gov requirements, USDA established a unique governance structure comprised of three levels of leadership and direction that came together to form working groups, an Advisory Council, and Steering Committee. Representatives from every level of USDA including IT partners, data owners, public affairs and senior leaders.

The plan formalizes goals, opportunities and outcomes for each of the open government principles. Additionally, the plan includes initiatives across the Department to illustrate how we are breaking down barriers between government and the public leading to a more efficient and effective government.

Take a look at our Open Government Plan and join the discussion so we can continue to evolve and improve the Plan with you.


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USDA Open Government Plan Draft

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Created: 26 March 2010 | Comments [7] | Add Comment
 

Since we launched our Open site on January 28, more than 860 individuals have contributed to our Open Community with 104 ideas, 508 votes, and 194 comments. Thank you for contributing to developing our Open Gov Plan. Here is the first draft that incorporates many of your ideas. While we are still developing the plan, we want to share this draft and welcome any feedback or comments. Please take a few minutes to read the draft and let us know what you think.

Our first online engagement was completed on March 26, but you can still review all of the ideas and comments we received.


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USDA Open Government Plan Outline

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Created: 9 March 2010 | Comments [2] | Add Comment
 

Here is the outline for our Open Plan. We are still developing the plan, but wanted to give you a sneak peak of where we are heading. Please take a few minutes to read it and then leave us a note and tell us what you think.


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