Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 8, 2012


On June 11, Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Minister Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh from the India Ministry of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences will lead the second U.S.-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in Washington, D.C.

During the Joint Commission Meeting, Dr. Holdren and India’s Prime Minister Advisor for Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation Dr. Sam Pitroda will announce the Open Government Platform (OGPL)—a bilateral effort to promote transparency and greater citizen engagement by making government data, documents, tools and processes publicly available.

The Opening Session (8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.) and the Announcement of Third Country Open Government Platform Partnerships (2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.) will be held in the Department of State’s George Marshall center and are open to the press.

Registration is required. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, June 8, to Christopher Hofmann at HofmannCM@state.gov. For questions please e-mail or call Chris Hofmann at 202-647-4347.

Opening Session - pre-set time for cameras: 7:45 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:20 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Open Government Platform Partnerships - pre-set time for cameras: 1:15 p.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:05 p.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).



PRN: 2012/916