Empowering Government Policies and Procedures

Definition of Empowering Government (EG)

The Empowering government community is a coalition of governmental, NGO, standards, academic and commercial organizations and individuals collaborating to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governments by leveraging standards, technologies, and best practices. Empowering government’s primary means of doing so is through information dissemination and community engagement using a variety of media and methods.

Management and Ownership

EG is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG) which is responsible for its management, funding, and maintenance. OMG is the ultimate authority for all matters concerning EG and may support, promote, disband, sell or reorganize EG at any time. OMG’s authority notwithstanding, substantial changes with regard to EG will be done in concert with the OMG Government Domain Task Force and EG Board (below).

OMG management tasks an elected board, the “EG Board” with the overall operation of EG – establishing its direction and making decisions on its content and evolution. The EG Board will be elected through votes cast in the OMG Government Domain Task Force (GovDTF). Note that all full OMG members may cast a vote in the GovDTF. Decisions of the EG Board  shall be binding on EG unless overridden by OMG management. The EG Board and the OMG executive staff shall be considered “EG Management”.

As content will be provided by community members, OMG is not responsible for EG content and makes no representations as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose.

Scope

EG is chartered to help empower government at all levels, internationally. Local chapters may be formed to focus on a particular government, region or class of governmental organizations. At initiation, a local chapter has formed in Washington D.C. to focus on the U.S. federal government. However, most EG content is applicable internationally and to state and local government entities.

While managed by the OMG; standards, technologies and best practices discussed through EG are not limited to OMG standards.

Communications Channels

EG will communicate and collaborate with community members using a variety of media and methods including but not limited to:

OMG shall fund and manage these channels leveraging content and resources provided by the community.

Community Categories

As a community initiative, EG will engage with various kinds of community members as follows:

    • Stakeholders – individuals and organizations with an interest in or responsibility for governmental activities. Stakeholders include government employees and contractors.
    • EG Board – the EG board is responsible for approving all content provided through an EG communications channel.
    • Chapter Board – a chapter board is responsible for the organization of a chapter of EG focused on a government entity. The content board may delegate responsibility for approving content to a chapter board.
    • EG Management – as noted above, EG management is provided by the EG Board and OMG executive staff.

 

  • Content Providers – individuals and organizations providing content through an EG communications channel

 

    • OMG task forces and other organizations approved by EG Management
    • OMG members and members of other organizations approved by EG Management
    • Invited experts
    • Product and service vendors

EG Board Responsibilities

The EG board is also responsible for scheduling and organizing EG events, approving memberships and the overall operation of Empowering Government.

The EG board shall directly or indirectly approve all content that is provided through EG communications channels. Content approval shall be based on the content guidelines, below. The board has the right and responsibility to accept or reject any proposed EG content. The content board may also bar any individual or organization from providing content if that provider is not abiding by EG policies.

EG Board Membership

The initial EG Board  and chapter boards shall be appointed by OMG executive management and may be augmented by a vote in the GovDTF.

Board elections will be held at an OMG meeting approximately six months after initiation of EG and every year thereafter. Any OMG Member may nominate a member of the EG board. A vote of the GovDTF will then determine membership.  Note that any OMG member may vote in the GovDTF.

In addition to the above, OMG executive management may appoint two board members from OMG staff or membership.

Board members must be responsive in reviewing content and addressing issues. Board members who are not actively participating may be removed by a vote of the board or by OMG management.

Content Providers

Content providers submit content to EG for potential exposure through EG communications channels. Such content is then reviewed by the content board for inclusion. Submitters must agree to the EG IPR policy for their content.

All OMG members are potential content providers as a benefit of membership. Other government stakeholders are encouraged to share case studies.

OMG task forces and other organizations so designated by EG management may also be content providers by voting on content to be published as a consensus of the group.  Such consensus content shall not be unreasonably withheld by the EG board.

Other organizations and/or individuals may be designated as content providers by EG management. Terms for non-OMG members shall be at the discretion of the EG Board.

Content Types and Policies

Content shall be designated as either “Empowering Government Advisory”, “Empowering Government Case studies” , “Empowering Government Vendor” or “Discussion”. Each class of content has specific content policies.

The EG members are encouraged to notify EG staff of any content that violates EG policy.

Policies for all content

All EG content from any source and through any communications channel shall abide by the following:

  • Be published under the EG IPR rules (below)
  • The authors must have the right to grant IP rights for the content and shall have granted those rights
  • The content shall, in the opinion of the EG Board, benefit EG stakeholders and not be a detriment to the community
  • Content shall not incite violence, civil unrest criminal activities, or dangerous situations
  • Content may question ideas but shall not attack, disparage or libal individuals
  • Content shall include the author (individual and/or organization). There is no anonymous content.
  • Content shall not be political in nature or express opinions on political parties or candidates

Empowering Government Advisory

Empowering Government Advisory content is intended to be the most broad-based. Such content should advise stakeholders on the use of standards, technologies and best practices. Content may be in the form of articles on the web site, webinars or meetings. The following policies apply in addition to the general policies:

  • Advisory content may not condone particular vendors or service providers
  • Advisory content must be presented in a professional manor and cite references as appropriate.
  • Advisory content must be in the best interest of EG stakeholders
  • Advisor content must be relevant to the scope of the community as defined above

Empowering Government Case Studies

Case studies are intended to relate experiences that illuminate, justify or question standards, technologies or best practices.

  • Case studies must be published with the approval of the organization that is the subject of the story. Subject organizations may elect to be anonymous.
  • Case studies must be actual experiences with the standards, technologies or best practices being discussed, they may not be conjecture.
  • Case studies may reference products and vendors used but may not be a “sales pitch” for the product or vendor.

Empowering Government Vendor Content

Vendor content is intended as a forum for vendors and service providers to explain how their product or service provides capabilities called for in advisory content or user stories. Vendor content shall be clearly marked as such and separate from advisory or user story content. EG may provide facilities to link advisory or user story content with vendor content. Such links do not imply approval or recommendation of the vendor. The following policies apply to vendor content:

  • Vendor content must be relevant to empowering government advisory or user story content.
  • Vendor content must explain how the vendor’s products or services provide capabilities relevant to the advisory or user story content.
  • Vendor content shall not discuss pricing unless the product or service is free.
  • Vendor content may include links to the vendor’s web site or other materials.
  • Vendor content may include contacts for further information.

Empowering Government Stakeholder Discussion

Stakeholder forums and comments on content are intended as a collaborative communications channel among EG stakeholders.  The following policies apply to discussion content:

  • Discussion content providers must have established an identity with EG under their own name and any organizational affiliations.
  • Discussion shall be limited to areas intended for discussion, such as user forms or comments under articles.
  • Discussion must relate directly to a EG topic such as advisory, user story or vendor content.
  • Discussion should not be an advertisement for a vendor’s products or services.
  • Discussion must be of a professional nature that supports the goals of EG.
  • Discussion may question ideas but shall not attack, disparage or libal individuals  or organizations.

Intellectual Property Policy

All content submitted to EG is submitted under the EG IPR Policy. Each content provider must agree to this policy.

Content must be the property of or licensed to the content provider. The provider retains any copyright in the content. The content provider grants to EG and OMG unlimited rights to use and publish the content under a license approved by EG. All content will comply with the OMG IPR policy.

All content provided to EG shall be publicly visible and freely available at no cost. Content may be used by anyone, but attribution must be given. By default, all content will be provided under the “Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivitiives 4.0 International license”:

Alternatively, content providers may select one of the following licences:

EG Management may provide other license options in the future. Note that GPL licenses, while normally for source code, are provided to allow for the publication of materials already under a GPL license.

The applicable license shall be marked on all EG communications channels.

Attribution shall be made to the content as provided by and through EG.

Privacy

EG will never sell member information to any 3rd party. Members may designate any of their information as public, members only or private. Private information may be visible to EG management and technical staff but will not be provided to any 3rd party. EG conducts mailings to inform members of EG content, events and subjects of interest, you may opt-in or opt-out of any EG mail list. You may change or cancel your EG membership at any time and will have the option of removing all of your content. EG privacy policy includes by reference the OMG privacy policy.

No Endorsement

The provision of content from a content provider by EG does not imply endorsement or the implication of applicability by EG, OMG or any member thereof.

Fees

At this time, there are no fees for participation in EG or the submission of content. Participation in EG as a content provider is an OMG benefit of membership (Except Trial Membership) and a benefit of invited experts. EG management may, in the future, consider fees for vendor content or some content from non-OMG members.

EG Management may provide for vendor “sponsorship” at various events.