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NASA Open Gov Status Dashboard
4.6.2011

As part of NASA’s Open Government plan released on April 7th, 2010, we asked each the participating organizations to set milestones for integrating additional components of Open Government into their programs at the three month, six month, one year, and two year marks. It’s been just about three months since the release of the plan, and we’re happy to report that there has been much progress in making NASA more transparent, participatory, and collaborative in line with the values of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. From gaining approval to release open source software on GitHub and Sourceforge to creating a new collaborative portal for teachers to interact with NASA, we’re striving to incorporate open government into every facet of our mission. Some ideas, on the other hand, have taken a little longer than we anticipated and need some extra time in order to be done correctly. To articulate the status of all of these milestones, we’re launching the new Open Government Status Dashboard, which details the status of all 39 three-month goals in an easy-to-read format. We’ll work to keep this status page updates as milestones are achieved.

We hope the new Status Dashboard will make it easy for you to track the progress of our goals and inform you of new and exciting things within NASA. As we said in the original plan, all of these goals are fluid – you’ll see things added, deleted, or moved around as we work to determine the best path towards openness. If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to use the NASA Open Government Plan IdeaScale website, which we’ll be monitoring for ideas on how to best move forward in the future.


TimelineCategoryProjectDescriptionProgress
6 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityCentennial ChallengesExecute the next round of ongoing Power Beaming and Strong Tether Challenges.
Complete
6 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityCentennial ChallengesWork with the allied organization for the 2011 Green Flight Challenge.
In Progress
6 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionCentennial ChallengesArrange partnerships for new challenges, post rules for public comment, and re-open the opportunity for public suggestions for new prize challenges.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Citizen EngagementEvaluate effectiveness of implementation of user-generated ideas, work to streamline idea-gathering process.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.CRFIReview our processes and policies on what is already routinely made available to the public via our Web site and what additional items could be made available through our Web site.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Data.govAutomate internal submission and review process for new datasets to Data.gov.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Data.govAssist in the creation of the Access and Utilization of NASA Science Data portal to access NASA's science data available for download
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Data.govConvene a workshop with data stakeholders internal and external to NASA to discuss our data structure and processes for releasing data
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.DeclassificationProvide a process where the public can provide input on what types of information should be prioritized for declassification.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.DeclassificationContinue to improve the Declassification process to better meet the needs of the public.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.EducationIncrease the functionality of the Education WAR tool to support Agency transparency by determining portions of the report to be made available on NASA's public Web site, implementing appropriate links on the NASA's public Web site for WAR information, and providing selected portions of the WAR archive to Data.gov.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Financial Data TransparencyComplete proposed FY 2011 Annual Performance Plan.
Complete
6 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAFinancial Data TransparencyUtilize lessons-learned from NASA's implementation of the Recovery Act transparency elements in the development of the processes for Open.gov initiative.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.FOIAProvide Web-based access to check the status of submitted requests through a FOIA tracking system.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.NASA TVUpgrade NASA Television distribution system to high definition video quality in order to provide a better experience to viewers.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaComplete Nebula's IaaS 1.0.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaRelease Nebula PaaS alpha by the end of calendar year 2010.
Complete
6 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASANebulaRelease first package of open source contributions.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaIncrease Nebula compute and storage capacity.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNEN/NTRSImprove NEN collaborative technology with new portal software.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNEN/NTRSRoll out five additional technical communities of practice in NEN.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.NEN/NTRSMake NTRS visible and accessible to the public via Google Scholar.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.NEN/NTRSEnable NTRS to be full-text searchable to better locate information.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationOCIOConvene the First NASA IT Summit in August 2010 to convene approximately 600 of NASA's IT community as well as partners in the private sector.
Complete
6 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionOCIOEstablish the "itfuturestate Web site as a "visioning one stop" for public and private participation in creation and comment on future visions for IT within NASA. It should contain drivers (e.g., policies, guidelines, process documents, project links), and game playing that allows for free exchange of ideas.
Complete
6 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityOCIOBegin a pilot project with a public-private-partnership within NASA to begin "future testing" (smaller devices accessing applications and data remotely to perform all mission functions).
Complete
6 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityOpen Innovation ProjectsExecute additional challenges both internal to NASA and externally based on the results of the first pilot projects.
Complete
6 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionOpen SourceEstablish opensource.nasa.gov Web site as a "one-stop shop" for NASA open source (e.g., policies, guidelines, process documents, project links), which will serve NASA developers, NASA software release authorities, and the public.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Participatory ExplorationBegin benchmarking other efforts on crowd sourcing, segmenting the market, and engaging the public.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.ProcurementDevelop new content and modify existing content based on public feedback.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.ProcurementImplement any additional OMB instructions as the directive is further defined.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationPublic Affairs - WebTransition to new support contract allowing greater use of computer resources for NASA.gov projects.
Complete
6 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAPublic Affairs - WebRelease a policy on Social Media at NASA, if appropriate.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.RecordsUpdate NASA Records Management public website to direct the public to the NASA FOIA process for obtaining NASA records not publicly available.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.RecordsCooperate with NARA on any ERA pilot activity follow-up.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.ScANCollaborate with United States Air Force to develop video about the many benefits of GPS to NASA and its missions.
Complete
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Science Data AccessCreate a portal with access to all available science data from NASAScience Web site.
In Progress
6 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Science Data AccessIdentify opportunities across science data archive groups for enhancing connections and collaborations, both inside and outside NASA.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationSpace ActRedefine the NASA organization to have an Office of the Chief Technologist, which is planned for the beginning of FY 2011. This office will have greater and broader authority than predecessor organizations regarding technology development partnerships.
Complete
6 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationTech TransferA new NASA organization, Office of the Chief Technologist, will come into existence at the beginning of FY 2011, and have greater and broader authority than predecessor organizations regarding technology development partnerships as well as transfer out of NASA sponsored technologies.
Complete
6 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASATech TransferPublic auction format accessible by all NASA Field Centers under standardized process and terms.
In Progress
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityCentennial ChallengesAnnounce several new challenge topics, solicit bids, and select allied organizations to manage those new competitions.
Complete
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityCentennial ChallengesContinue to work with existing allied organizations for three on-going challenges.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionCentennial ChallengesIncrease participation by increasing publicity for the events, reaching out to potential new competitor communities and seeking new government partnerships and new venues for the competitions.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionCitizen EngagementFurther review ideas and distribute to relevant offices throughout Agency for analysis and implementation.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationCitizen EngagementDeploy IdeaScale as Software as a Service for entire Agency, allowing multiple crowd-source discussions to take place on a variety of NASA-focused topics.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationCitizen EngagementEstablish a How-To guide for offices to use citizen engagement for their programs.
In Progress
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Citizen EngagementEstablish framework and procedures for handing un-implementable ideas with a high number of votes, including ways to work with idea authors to make their submissions more realistic or tenable.
In Progress
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationCitizen EngagementParticipate in Inter-agency 'Ideation Community of Practice' working group.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Data.govRelease a Citizen Engagement Tool focused on soliciting ideas for NASA submissions for Data.gov.
Complete
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAData.govClarify strategy and process for submission of new datasets to Data.gov for NASA employees.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.DeclassificationUpdate the Office of Protective Services Web site, which includes information about our declassification programs and how to access declassified materials.
In Progress
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASADeclassificationImprove the workflow between all the participants that play a role in the successful administration of the Declassification Program Agency wide.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionEducationFully establish online collaborative tools as part of future education events and activities with external stakeholders.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Financial Data TransparencyUpdate the Recovery Act Program Plans to provide the public with the most current snapshot of NASA's activities to enact this initiative.
Complete
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAFinancial Data TransparencyModify internal guidance and processes to account for recent and upcoming Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) requirements, as well as, lessons-learned regarding the recipient reporting data review process.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.Financial Data TransparencyPublish the FY 2010 Annual Performance Plan Update to reflect changes to commitments due to budget actions.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.FOIAEnsure Web site reading rooms are up to date by posting documents for which three or more requests have been made.
In Progress
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.FOIADecrease by 11 months the oldest backlog on file.
Complete
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASANebulaComplete plans to incorporate Nebula into NASA’s data center strategy or IT framework as determined by the OCIO.
In Progress
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaContinue testing Nebula IaaS alpha performance by supporting at least forty internal NASA projects.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaRelease Nebula IaaS beta.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNebulaHave a Nebula PaaS prototype by July 2010.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNEN/NTRSIncrease outreach to NEN users.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationNEN/NTRSEnlist NEN champions for Office of the Chief Engineer site to ensure more information is made available on an ongoing basis.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationOCIOEstablish the Chief Technology Officer for IT position.
Complete
3 MonthsImprove internal NASA collaboration and innovationOCIOEstablish the Chief Technology for IT Officer's Council.
Complete
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityOpen Innovation ProjectsIdentify second round of challenges for two of the pilot projects and lessons learned developed from the first round.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionOpen SourceObtain approval to use multiple public, open source development sites (e.g., SourceForge, GitHub) for hosting NASA open source software releases.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionOpen SourceEstablish tools to facilitate NASA open source release process (e.g., database of third-party libraries cleared for use by NASA software).
In Progress
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAParticipatory ExplorationDevelop and obtain approval for the Internal Participatory Exploration Office Plan.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionProcurementMonitor and measure feedback from the Open Government Plan on Office of Procurement and Open Government, Financial Data Transparency, and Data.gov sections.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionPublic Affairs - WebDeploy new Flash-based on-demand video player that enables the public to comment and discuss videos posted to the Web site.
Complete
3 MonthsEnable citizen participation in NASA's missionPublic Affairs - WebIncrease opportunities for public to directly connect with NASA experts through channels such as NASA chats.
In Progress
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.RecordsComplete electronic records schedules for records in the remaining 5 percent systems and submit to NARA for approval.
In Progress
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASARecordsParticipate in NARA's ERA Pilot Phase 2.
Complete
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASARecordsParticipate in NARA's Web 2.0 Study of agencies' use of social media technologies.
Complete
3 MonthsIncrease Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders.ScANParticipate in the Discovery Channel's program about the bearings replacement on the 70-meter "Mars antenna" at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in Mojave Desert, CA.
Complete
3 MonthsInstitutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASAScience Data AccessDevelop strategy and approach to interface more efficiently and effectively with the Federal Data.gov endeavor.
Complete
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunitySpace ActTransition toward significantly greater development and maturation of technologies through dual use technology development partnering and initiatives involving the emerging commercial space community. NASA expects to see an increase in the number of partnerships focused on the development of the commercial space sector.
In Progress
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityTech TransferSupport and facilitate the emerging commercial space community by making it easier for NASA sponsored technologies to be found and commercially applied.
Complete
3 MonthsEncourage partnerships that can create economic opportunityTech TransferSuccessful completion of first public auction involving multiple NASA Field Centers.
Complete