From his first day in office, President Obama has pushed to make the federal government more open and more accessible to the American people. The Department of Energy is proud to be doing our part. In the past year, we have significantly expanded the amount of information available online about our programs, our funding awards, and our progress, as well as valuable data about energy production and consumption and trends within the energy industry. We have also used social media outlets such as YouTube and my personal Facebook page to engage the public directly and expand the national conversation on energy.
In December, the Administration directed federal agencies to take several additional steps to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration:
- Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the government is doing.
- Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of that information.
- Collaboration improves the effectiveness of government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the federal government, across levels of government, and between the government and private institutions.
You can find all of the steps we're taking in the full Open Government Directive.
I encourage you to review the information on these pages and share your ideas with us. I look forward to reading your thoughts and to incorporating them into our effort moving forward. As always, we will keep you posted on our progress.
-Secretary Steven Chu
High Value Data Sets
One way we are trying to encourage collaboration and increase transparency is through the release of high value data sets. This is information that the Department of Energy has amassed over the years that we think could be of great use to the general public. We will continue to expand this collection over the coming months and hope to utilize your feedback to help us select the most useful data sets moving forward.