With projects ranging from safer Web browsing to a 21st century air traffic control system, federal, state, and local agencies demonstrate that they, too, can apply IT in critical and novel ways.
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Given its authority over highways and railways, it seems appropriate that the Department of Transportation is charting a course into open government. The department's Regulation Room initiative, done in conjunction with the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative, employs social networking to encourage public input into DOT policy-making, and the department hosted an open government workshop in January that drew attendees from three dozen agencies. DOT's efforts have received a thumbs-up in all 10 categories of the White House's open government dashboard. In August, the agency was recognized by federal CTO Aneesh Chopra for its Regulation Room, as well as for the "leadership, governance and culture change" embodied in its approach.