Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Open Government Plan acknowledges most requirements of the OGD, but does not explore the initiatives and implications of their actions with an understanding that an ongoing process is necessary for sustaining these efforts. The plan indicates DHS is willing to make data sets available to the public, but its failure to describe and commit to changes that foster a culture of openness may stop the agency from realizing its goals.

DHS's plan would be improved with the inclusion of functioning links to provide more context to the plan. Several OGD requirements for the plan may have been met if the links in PDF of the department’s open government plan were functional. What information the links were intended to direct readers to is unclear; as such, DHS did not receive full credit for fulfilling the requirements. However, this issue can be fixed easily. Additionally, the DHS plan would be improved if the department provided greater specificity on its proposals to improve transparency, participation and collaboration, complete with milestones and schedules.

If you any think part of the agency's plan is impressive, or you have concrete suggestions on how the agency could improve its plan, please share your ideas with us using the form at the bottom of the page.