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Support a Legislative Mandate for Open Data #87
The White House should work with Congress to pass legislation codifying federal open data requirements.
Codifying federal open data requirements would guarantee to businesses and the public that open data will be a permanently available resource, and signal that the government will maintain its commitment to transparency.
Federal open data policy in the United States is built on executive actions, particularly President Obama’s May 2013 executive order, “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.” However, these policies are simply operating procedures for the executive branch and not law, meaning that federal agencies have no legal responsibility to publish open data. The lack of legally defined open data requirements creates uncertainty about the extent to which the federal government will remain committed to and responsible for opening its data to the public or refining and improving open-data efforts over time. Bipartisan members of Congress already recognized the importance of codifying federal open data requirements and have introduced legislation to do so.
-Engage with members of Congress to foster support for federal open data legislation.