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Up for Debate: The Open-Government Plan is Vaporware 2.0.

The first drafts of agencies’ open-government plans are Twinkies. You can put them on the shelf and they will last forever, but no one’s going to eat them.

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Posted by David Rapp on May 03, 2010 at 12:12 PM

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Reader comments

Sat, May 29, 2010 Gwynne Washington, DC

Don't diss the twinkies. Lot's of people eat them, no matter how long they've been on the shelf. So, to play out your analogy, the OG plans will have a long shelf life, will remain consumable for a long time, and will always appeal to a certain group of people--even if only when they are high. Is that what you were trying to get at?

Thu, May 6, 2010

When you really catalog the initiatives outlined by the agencies you see that there are many ways in these plans to make government better. Anyone who thinks it is vapor has obviously not read some of these highly regarded plans. That being said, there will certainly be some fluff pieces out there including some less than inspiring "plans to do planning". However, I look at initiatives like homeless predictive analytics, the CMS Dashboard, and enhancing information management around climate change and with these types of efforts I see the government getting better, not worse. I challenge those who throw open gov under the bus to get me another route for the agencies to come together to sign up for innovative initiatives that will make the government a better service provider to the citizens.

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