The District of Columbia Mayor Gray Announces New Open Government Initiatives

Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent C. Gray today announced the launch or advancement of six initiatives as part of his ongoing strategy to improve government transparency and accountability. The new initiatives are: the appointment of a 15-member Open Government Advisory Group; the re-launch of the website which now includes 237 new datasets; and a redesigned, where residents can track agency performance.

The new open data projects complement other online applications the Mayor previously launched, directing city agencies to provide increased information to the public and significantly widen opportunities for public feedback, including: implementation of FOIAXpress, the District's first-ever citywide FOIA processing system; required agency posting of Open Government Reports; revision of the Terms and Conditions on the website to loosen restrictions on the use of government data posted online; and continued promotion of where residents can grade their government to facilitate improved service delivery.

"From the beginning of the Gray Administration, we have created a climate of openness and transparency and these new and improved initiatives will have a lasting positive impact on how the public interfaces and learns about of the workings of the District government," said Mayor Gray. "An open and transparent government translates into a better government." Continue>>>