Notes from the 6/14 NAP 4 Working Session AND Reminder about the Working Session Tomorrow

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Alycia (Piazza) Yozzi

Jun 20, 2018, 2:39:45 PM6/20/18
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Hi OpenGov Community,
Sorry for the delay but below are the notes from the 6/14 OpenGov NAP4 Working Session. We have already posted all of the brainstormed commitments in Github. Please join the conversation!

We will be having another session TOMORROW Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Washington DC from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in room 1153.  Register to attend.

6/14 Open Government National Action Plan 4 Working Session

9:00 – 9:10 am:  Doors open

9:10 – 9:20 am:  Introduction to the Co-Creation Workshop

Matt Lira, Office of American Innovation

  • The administration is here to listen

  • This is the start of the process of hearing what a successful action plan looks like

  • We want to lay the foundation so we can all feel good at the conclusion of the NAP process

  • Looking forward to the co-creation process

Joseph Foti, Open Government Partnership

  • The intention of the commitments have been strong

  • Sustainability of the commitments is stronger when they cross multiple agencies or levels of government

  • Completion rate has fallen in the last few years - so OGP recommends doing fewer commitments

  • New Commitments should be: Relevant, Complete, High Impact, and Transformative

  • Global community efforts:

o   Anti-corruption space, OGP has decided to work on open contract as a group

o   Beneficial ownership

o   Civic space

o   Sustainable develop goals readiness

o   Public partnership and policy making

9:20 – 9:35 am: Questions and comments from participants

  • What steps are you going to take to public this and involve the public?

o   The US is looking at ways to improve outreach through a variety of channels.

  • Chatham House Rules - is there a protocol for people identifying themselves on or off the record?

    • The goal is for everyone to have an open discussion but if you want to be quoted then feel free.

9:35 – 9:40 am: Discussion of Workshop Set-Up and Seating

Bill Hunt, OMB Brief overview of the President’s Management Agenda & Orientation of today’s activities

  • The President’s Management Agenda should be considered as a framework for potential commitments that align with the Administration’s priorities. However, that is not a constraint on commitments that we may consider – everything is on the table for today.

  • There were 52 commitments in the NAP3, per OGP’s direction, we plan on reducing that number to focus on a few, high-impact commitments. The goal is to aim for 3-5.

  • The Github is now re-opened and allowing for new commitments and comments until July 4th

  • The goal is to use breakout groups to generate well-defined commitments to potentially include in the plan

Materials that were available at the event:

The NAP4 commitments proposed in late 2017:

The President’s Management Agenda:  

The Open Government Partnership’s co-creation standards:

9:40 – 11:15 am: Breakout groups

Breakout groups brainstorm and agree on topics, commitments, or other insights regarding NAP4 to share with the room.


Brainstorm ideas not discussed with the larger group or voted on:

  • Elimination of paper records

  • Commentor ID transparency related to FCC issue with automated captioning

  • Who will do it? - Milestones, metrics, communities

  • Local workforce accounting

  • Grants, transparency, & tracking

Brainstorm ideas generated from the discussion groups voted on by participants:

  • Make all court records available to the public through modernization or funding of PACER (0 votes)

  • Host workshops outside of DC, on the record with press invited for Q&A (0 votes)

  • Government access to more data: transportation (e.g. ride hailing) (0 votes)

  • Extension or update of Goal 13, Survey/Literature review of Capstone Agencies and Impact on FOIA - some agencies are unable to access email archives for FOIA (1 vote)

  • 2019 deadline in Archivist’s Managing Government Records Directive (1 vote)

  • CIO Gov/IT Dashboard - no mention of OGP (1 vote)

  • Fiscal Transparency (1 vote)

  • Simplified Hiring (1 vote)

  • Release and implement “release to one, release to all” FOIA policy and CAPSTONE goal (1 vote)

  • Yelp rating in real time for government events or interactions (2 votes)

  • Apps to share opps for public meetings based on public notices (2 votes)

  • Increase searchability of federal records (3 votes)

  • Leverage technology to improve engagement and ensure inclusiveness  (4 votes)

    • Dashboard - allow interested parties to sign up for notices

    • Local groups host outside meetings

    • Early engagement

    • 500 million White House records of NARA, 0 accessibility to civil society (4 votes)

Group Discussion Topics:

  • Open Research streamlining (open date) NEPA (6 votes)

    • End multiple collections of data

  • Federal Agency Customer Experience Act (7 votes)

    • More unified, consistent, and meaningful opportunities to provide feedback on service delivery across government which can also be organized in one place

  • Support and pass legislation (8 votes)

    • Open Government

    • Data Act

    • Beneficial Ownership

    • FASTA Act

    • Honest Ads

  • Universal ID for business entities across government interactions (9 votes)

11:15 – 11:45 am: Read-out from groups

Each group has 10 minutes to provide a readout of its insights (5 minutes) and do a flash round of Q&A (5 minutes) from the room.

Table 1: Expand the effort to make federally funded scientific research and its associated data publicly available

Key Objectives

  • Responding to findings of GAO report on Holdren Memo Deployment

  • Commit funds to support the work


  • GAO releases report or require some evaluation prior to NAP

  • Conduct evaluation of memo’s deployment and possible deficiencies

  • Two public meetings held

  • Recs for improvements inform next steps

Table 2: Two way feedback mechanism

Key Objectives

  • Having enough capacity at agencies, making it easier by reusable tools, support on guidance on PRA

  • PRA should be tackled specifically

  • The American Satisfaction Index should be a “more known thing”

  • Something at OMB or WH level to build capacity for training, resource hub

  • If there is a standard measure for citizen satisfaction that would be useful. Policy from OMB?

  • Makes it easier for agencies to listen and take action

  • Needs a hook for funding

Table 3: The U.S. government shall adopt the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) as the universal ID for business ethics

Key Objectives

  • Transparency for the public and investors into business identities and ownership, achieved through interoperable identification

  • Efficiency for businesses in business-to-government and business-to-business interactions, achieved through interoperable identification

  • More effective regulation, statistical analysis and procurement oversight by federal agencies, achieved through interoperable identification

  • Replace existing fragmentary, specialized or proprietary entity identification systems with a universal, flexible and non-proprietary entity identification system


  • 2018 OMB shall issue a statement of government wide policy that the government intends to transition existing entity identification systems to the LEI

  • 2018 OMB shall convene an Entity Identification Workgroup involving all agencies managing significant entity reporting regimes to prioritize entity reporting regimes for (1) initial mapping to the LEI and (2) ultimate conversion to the LEI

  • 2020 Agencies shall adopt the LEI alongside or in place of their existing entity identification systems following guidance issued by OMB, advised by the Workgroup.

  • 2020 The General Services Administration shall establish an entity identification system based on the LEI to assist other agencies

Other Notes

  • Info on contractors, census, etc there are about 110 different indexes/lists

  • Would be great to have 1 system

  • US Government should adopt the LEI as the universal code for business entities

  • Policy statement from OMB

  • Workgroup of all stakeholders (110 agencies)

  • Agencies have to move to the LEI - map next to the current system - than eventual transformation

Table 4: Engage Legislative Branch in open Government Reform Agenda - pass 3 bills that codify reform

Key Objectives

  • Pass open government data act

  • Beneficial ownership

    • TITLE Act

    • Corporate Transparency

    • Honest Ads

  • FARA Reform


  • Issue SAP

  • Post legislative agenda on

  • Find House sponsor for OGPA

  • Search for more co-sponsors for each bill

  • Engage public

    • Press releases, agency press list

    • Hold press conference on benefits and reforms

    • Engage public via social media, blogs

    • Congressional hearing on OGP

11:45 am - 12 pm: Closing remarks and next steps - Bill Hunt, OMB

We are going to put these commitments - whether discussed today or not – on GitHub so that we have a record of what was covered today

Continue to have the conversation on GitHub, on or email

Another NAP 4 Workshop meeting on Thursday, June 21, 1 pm - 4 pm at GSA, room 1153

U.S. General Services Administration

Alycia Yozzi Office of Government-wide Policy


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