Last week the staffs of the National Archives and the Canadian Embassy here in Washington gathered to commemorate the War of 1812 in a special way—The Great Doughnut War of ’12, pitting Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme against Tim Hortons. Three celebrity judges—two from the National Archives and one from the Canadian Embassy participated in a blind taste testing.
We treated our Canadian friends to a display of facsimiles of records pertaining to the War of 1812 and beer!
And we ended the evening with a special screening of my favorite movie, “Strange Brew”—the source of everything I know and love about Canada!
Find out the winner of the Great Doughnut War on the AOTUS blog!
Today, we release our updated Open Government Plan for 2012-2014. Looking back over the past two years, I’m proud of our accomplishments in strengthening open government in our agency and in our society. We set an ambitious path, accomplishing almost 70 tasks. Over the next two years our work will include:
- Creating a new culture based on common values and restructuring the agency to better serve the American people;
- Creating the critical conditions conducive for employee engagement, including launching an internal collaboration network for our staff;
- Creating an innovative culture that utilizes new and emerging technology; and
- Improving online access to our records and revising our strategy to digitize records to provide the online access you expect.
Knowing we don’t have all the answers, we’re changing the way we think about our work at the National Archives and Records Administration. We’re shifting our perspectives to reflect the fact that we do not have all the answers. The principles of open government – transparency, participation, and collaboration – help us draw on what citizens know.
Are we on the right track? Have the changes impacted your work? Is the updated plan bold enough? Let me know what you think.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.