Hey, there're a lot of line workers in government who have gotten really serious about fixing things, both internally and with serious public involvement. This is a really big deal.
Nancy Scola at techPresident.com describes a lot of this at Executive Branchers Draw White House a Road Map to Participatory Government
Of note are recommendations including:
- Develop a high-level, inter-agency governance structure for implementing the Open Government Directive.
- Demonstrate the value of participation through highly visible Presidential initiatives.
- Respond to the barrier that public and stakeholder participation are not valued inside agencies.
- Ensure that participation and collaboration activities are adequately funded.
- Address institutional barriers that reward the status quo.
The folks at AmericaSpeaks.org have some specifics:
- Require all agencies to submit plans within 120 days that outline how civic engagement will be incorporated into achieving their missions.
- Convene a national policy discussion on health care reform in order to demonstrate the role that the public can play in national policy making on a key policy issue.
- Establish a federal institute for public engagement, to
gather research on best practices, conduct trainings for federal
managers, and develop a knowledge-base on participation and
- Direct the nation’s 28 Federal Executive Boards to implement collaborative partnership efforts at the regional level and report on plans for their participation and collaboration projects within 180 days.
- Require agencies to modify and augment existing performance measurement and scorecard systems to include community engagement criteria and metrics.
- Provide agencies with incentives to pilot public engagement
through a prestigious government-wide award, a competition among
agencies for funding to support new participation and collaboration
projects, learning opportunities, and incentives that are integrated
into senior leadership competency requirements.
Like I say, a really big deal, genuine transformation in big ways.