The Department of Education embraces the principles of increased transparency, participation, and collaboration as essential to accomplishing its mission. By focusing on open practices and increasing access to data, we anticipate the creation of new information and knowledge that will help promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The Department has developed a set of strategic goals and objectives for openness that will drive its work forward and allow it, and the public, to measure and assess its progress. These goals are:

  • Goal 1: Increase the Department’s transparency and accountability.
      • Objective 1.1: Provide clarity and guidance on privacy rules and regulations to ensure that information and data can be shared in a timely manner with the public while still protecting individual privacy as required by law.
      • Objective 1.2: Make more data and information available to the public.
      • Objective 1.3: Improve the timeliness of FOIA processing and document release.

    Objective 1.4 : Increase the transparency of the grant application and award process.

    • Objective 1.5: Maintain up-to-date information on the Department’s website about Department offices and key programs.
    • Objective 1.6: Foster more transparency in the larger educational community.
  • Goal 2: Solicit and incorporate more public input into Department operations.
    • Objective 2.1: Provide more insight into the agency’s decision-making process.
    • Objective 2.2: Provide regularly updated project maps, dated milestones, and financial data regarding open government and other key initiatives.
    • Objective 2.3: Collect and use input from the public and other stakeholders in decision-making.
  • Goal 3: Increase collaboration and communication with other organizations.
    • Objective 3.1: Enhance collaboration with other federal and non-federal agencies, the public, and non-profit and private entities.
  • Goal 4: Create a culture of openness within the Department.
    • Objective 4.1: Encourage openness and communication about effectiveness within the Department.
    • Objective 4.2: Enhance Departmental internal collaboration capabilities.