Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Opening Doors: Finding the Keys to Open Government
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Opening Doors: Finding the Keys to Open Government

Friday, March 20, 2009 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm

WASHINGTON, DC—On his first day in office, President Obama, in his Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, directed his administration to develop recommendations for an "Open Government Directive" that moves government towards being "transparent," "participatory," and "collaborative."’s webcast presents a great opportunity for the public to be involved in the crafting of this directive. During the webcast, individuals who are intimately involved in formulating the administration’s policies and agendas will explain the initiative’s goals, receive feedback from the audience, and let members of the public know how they can continue to participate in the discussion.

The event will feature a discussion between speakers and the audience on what the Obama administration hopes to achieve, the policy issues facing this administration, the Obama administration’s vision for e-government, and financial and economic transparency. Also during the event, Patrice McDermott, Director of and Ari Schwartz, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) will release a report based on the results of Show Us the Data, a web-based survey used to discover what information the public wants to get access to and use, albeit it is restricted.

Featured Speakers:

Dan Chenok, a member of President Obama’s "Technology, Innovation and Government Reform" transition team; former branch chief for information policy and technology in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); currently senior vice president and general manager of Pragmatics

Katherine McFate, Program Officer for Government Performance and Accountability, Ford Foundation’s Governance Unit

Beth Noveck, professor of law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School; author, Wiki Government

Moderated by:

Patrice McDermott, Director,

A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

If you are a member of the press, please email [email protected] to RSVP 


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