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Update on the National Action Plan – Officials Group
Published:23 August 2016
Last updated: 23 August 2016
The State Services Commission is working with a group of officials across government to develop possible commitments for the next National Action Plan for New Zealand’s participation in the Open Government Partnership.
Our Officials Group has representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, Land Information New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Internal Affairs. These agencies are likely to have accountability for work to advance commitments within the next plan.
Officials are using the same tools as those being used by community groups to shape possible commitments on areas of common interest for ways government might advance OGP principles of transparency, accountability, technology and innovation, and civil society participation in government. The group has met twice so far, and will continue to work on its draft commitments right up to the co-creation workshop in Wellington on 26 August.
When we look at the work we’re doing and line it up with the ideas put forward by community members to this point, there’s a lot of places where we are broadly thinking in the same areas.
The themes emerging include advancing the open budget process; improving how government engages with communities, including the use of online platforms; exploring ways to support proactive release of government information; and extending work around improving access to government-held data.
SSC is overseeing the development of potential commitments to support the Government in finalising its action plan.
New Zealand starts from a strong position in so many of these areas. Our intention is to build on the lessons of the past plan and set ourselves up for improvement year on year.
We know that we are operating with limited time, and our process has its limitations, but we are hopeful that it will be a good step along the way to building better ways for citizen to interact with government.
The potential commitments we create with communities will be presented to Ministers in September and New Zealand’s second Action Plan is due to be submitted to OGP in October.