Washington D.C. Marks First Open-Government Advisory Meeting

The District of Columbia’s Open Government Advisory Group may be only a month old but the 15-member group has already established bylaws and a working outline of short- and midterm projects for boosting transparency and accountability.

The first order of business will be evaluating and providing recommendations on improving the content and format of open-government plans submitted by dozens of the District’s agencies. The group will also prioritize which boards and commissions should stream their open meetings through a webcast, though the financial impact and captioning requirements have not been determined.

“I’m putting it out here for discussion in terms of how this committee goes about doing its work,” Brian Flowers, general counsel to the mayor and chairman of the D.C. Open Government Advisory Group, said at a Nov. 19 kickoff meeting. (You can watch a video archive of the meeting here. The second meeting is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. EST) Continue>>>