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Evaluating /Open pages

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Right now, we're focused on one thing: watching agencies put up their /Open page. We built a little tool that allows us to check in with each agency daily and notify us when it is up. When we put it up, agencies like the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture quickly put up placeholder pages to get a green check-box next to their name. Silly.

The point of the Open Tracker not to evaluate, it's to let us know when we can start evaluating and to encourage federal agencies to meet the deadline they're directed to meet.

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Watching the Open Government Initiative

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Sunlight Labs / Open Watcher

Reporters often ask me to say something critical about the Open Government Directive because it helps balance out their story. I'm polite but sometimes think I should tell them to call the Opacity Foundation or "Americans for a Less Effective Government" -- some things are just obviously good and the Open Government Initiative falls in that category.

But we have created new ways to track success. Read more to find out how.

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