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Sunshine Week


Bureau of Information Resource Management
March 17, 2011

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Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know. Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why.

The Department of State fully participates in the Open Government initiative and, with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), established the www.foreignassistance.gov website with a dashboard that provides a visual presentation of the foreign assistance budget and appropriation data for the Department of State and USAID.

The Foreign Assistance Dashboard was created in response to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. The recently issued Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) highlights the importance of embracing transparency and holding ourselves accountable for achieving results.

The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to give a wide variety of stakeholders, including U.S. citizens, civil society organizations, the Congress, U.S. Government agencies, donors, and partner country governments the ability to examine, research and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. The Foreign Assistance Dashboard enables the United States to take a huge step forward in becoming a leader in aid transparency.

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