New Executive Order will increase government transparency

white_houseThe White House has issued a new Executive Order, making open and machine readable the new default for government information and a memo, Open Data Policy — Managing information as an asset.  These documents provide a new set of guidelines for government agencies that will help to ensure a more open and accessible government. “This Memorandum establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information’s life cycle to promote interoperability and openness.”

The EO specifies that within 90 days the government will “identify and initiate implementation of measures to support the integration of the Open Data Policy” and a new Cross-Agency Priority Goal will be created to track the progress of agencies as they implement the new policy.

This is another positive step in creating a more open and transparent government and will as a result help to inform the American public. As the memo states “making information resources accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public can help fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery — all of which improve Americans’ lives and contribute significantly to job creation”.

About Jessica McGilvray

Jessica McGilvary is the Deputy Director of ALA Washington Office's Office of Government Relations (OGR).

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