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Encourage active disclosure of government information (NL0043)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Rijksprogramma Duurzaam Digitale Informatiehuishouding (RDDI) (Central Government Program for Sustainable Digital Information Management)

Support Institution(s): Other Actors Involved State actors involved All ministries CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups

Policy Areas

Regulatory Governance

IRM Review

IRM Report: Netherlands Action Plan Review 2020-2022

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Following the ever growing call for transparency in society, the Dutch parliament is currently addressing the Open Government Law (Wet open overheid), which will require government organizations to actively disclose 11 categories of information. A multi-year plan for the improvement of the information management provides the national government with a mandatory planning for the implementation. 16 However, in general we see that government organizations adopt a “wait-and-see attitude”. Although active disclosure of government information is not new, the implementation that is now required is broader than ever. Furthermore, the current uncertainty about the timely availability of the platform on which information should be disclosed and the status of the Open Government Law contributes to a rather passive attitude within public organizations.

What is the commitment?  This commitment supports national government organizations in proactively implementing ‘Active disclosure of government information’. This is done by: o Promoting ownership and ambition at the top; o Monitoring the progress of their implementation; o Facilitating organizations in sharing their knowledge and experience concerning the implementation; o Supporting pilot programs within government organizations and sharing the lessons learned within the broader national government.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?  Through agenda setting and the facilitation of knowledge sharing, this commitment supports government organizations to proactively implement “Active disclosure of government information”. By monitoring the progress, the project team will be able to support the implementation process through targeted interventions.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?  Transparency: a successful implementation will ensure that more information is disclosed within a central and accessible platform.

Additional information Information categories mentioned below (in Dutch): Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date: Support all government organizations in the implementation of information category A 2020 2021 Support all government organizations in the implementation of 2020 2022 •Wetten en algemeen verbindende voorschriften•Besluiten van algemene strekking•Organisatie- en mandaatregeling•Bereikbaarheidsgegevens• InformatieverzoekenCategorie A•Wetsonderwerpen en ontwerpen van besluiten•Adviezen van adviescolleges en -commissies• Jaarplannen en jaarverslagenCategorie B•Convenanten•Rapporten van onderzoeken:•Naar het functioneren van de organisatie;•Ter voorbereiding of evaluatie van beleid;•Klachten (schriftelijke oordelen in klachtenprocedures•BeschikkingenCategorie C17 information category B Support in the implementation of information category C for Ministries 2021 2023 Implementation of information category C, for Services, Agencies and independent governing bodies. 2021 2025 Promoting ownership and ambition at the top by:  Organizing panel discussions  Organizing dialogues with relevant stakeholders within government organizations,  Publication of interviews with directors 2020 2022 Facilitating sharing of knowledge by:  Organizing knowledge sessions and implementation workshops to support and promote the implementation  Connecting organizations 2020 2022

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 5: Active disclosure of central government information

  • Verifiable: Yes
  • Does it have an open government lens? Yes
  • Potential for results: Modest

  • Commitments

    Open Government Partnership