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Open Data

A guide to open data principles, best practices, and resources.

U.S. Policies

U.S. Federal Government Policies

President's Management Agenda

  • The Trump Administration maintains a policy of Leveraging Open Data as a Strategic Asset, a part of Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals established to drive the implementation of the President's Management Agenda, recognizes the potential economic value of open data as a driver for innovation and knowledge generation.


  • Signed into law in May 2014, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act requires the U.S. government to publish federal spending data on a quarterly basis and to provide information on federal contracts, grants, loans, and other financial assistance awards.

Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

  • An Executive Order which establishes open and machine readable format for new and modernized government information. This memo aims to make government data and information easier to access and use. 


  • Open Data Policy--Information as an Asset is a memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget which created a framework to institutionalize open data within the federal government. The memo was released in conjunction with the Presidential Executive Order--Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. 


Upcoming Legislation: 


  • The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act sets data standards for recipients of federal grants. One of these standards is the requirement that recipients publish their data as open data where possible. 

Open Government Data Act

  • Still awaiting a final vote, the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act is intended to improve how the federal government makes data available to the public to facilitate transparency, improve governance, and spur innovation.