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Open Data

Improving Availability of Open Data

The Data Coalition was initially created to support the government's need for improved open data for transparency and accountability, and this remains a core pillar of the initiative. In society, there are constant informational demands and needs for more open data, such as bolstering public accountability and transparency of government. While open data is now the legal default for federal government agencies to publish information, much work remains for the federal government to realize the vision and benefits of open government data. 

The Data Coalition advocates for policies that promote open data when possible, including as much openness as possible in considering the need to protect individual or organizational privacy in some data assets. The Data Coalition continues to work towards integrating data-driven processes into government management, connecting federal spending data to programmatic outcomes, as well as transparency and accountability. Activities include: 

  • Help federal agencies develop and deliver on their open data plans, including cross-agency data governance processes
  • Integrate and improve open data capabilities in Congress
  • Leverage cross sector expertise to improve public access to government information, documents and reports
  • Implementation Priority
    Work with OMB to issue clear, effective guidance required by the
    OPEN Government Data Act (Title II of the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act)

Key Laws

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan

The OPEN Government Data Act provides a sweeping, government-wide mandate for federal agencies to publish all their information as open data – using s… More...

Press Releases and Statements

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