Soon after taking office in January 2009, Pres Obama instructed the Office of Management and Budget to issue an Open Government Directive. The directive, which was "informed by recommendations" from the newly created position of Federal Chief Technology Officer, directed executive departments and agencies to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency participation, and collaboration set forth in the President's Memorandum. Last December, the White House began seeking comments on plans to make federally funded research available for public access. Through a notice in the Federal Register, the White House laid out a 1-month, three-stage request for information. Clearly the process, and the philosophy underpinning this action comes from the commitment of the Obama administration to an open government.
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