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February 19, 2009

New Administration Committed to Transparency, Public Participation, and Collaboration

On President Obama's first full day in Office, the President issued a memo on Transparency and Open Government that commits the Administration to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The President committed to establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration, arguing that such openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. The memo states that:

* Government should be transparent;

* Government should be participatory; and that

* Government should be collaborative.

The Presidential memo directs the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development within 120 days of recommendations for an Open Government Directive that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum.

The new Corps Center for Expertise in Conflict Resolution and Public Participation (CPC) is excited about this support at the highest level of government and looks forward to working with the White House and the Corps to implement these policies.

The CPC concentrates IWR's expertise on collaborative planning and public participation, such as Shared Vision Planning and Computer-Aided Dispute Resolution (CADRe) techniques. The CPC has been named a Corps Center of Expertise (CX) and Directory of Expertise (DX).

IWR created the Conflict Resolution and Public Participation Center to assist the Corps in implementing a collaborative approach to water resources decision making. Through training, research, and the collaborative process, this center of expertise on conflict resolution and public participation will facilitate the avoidance and resolution of water resources conflicts. CPC's objective is to develop and expand the application of collaborative tools to improve water resources decision making.

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Memo on Transparency and Open Government