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Cross-Agency Priority Goal

Open Data


Open Data


Fuel entrepreneurship and innovation and improve government efficiency and effectiveness by unlocking the value of government data and adopting management approaches that promote interoperability and openness of this data.

info Themes:
General Government Management Economic Security and Policy
Goal Leader(s):

Steve VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget
Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy


Open and publically accessible data strengthens our democracy by increasing public participation in government, promoting transparency and accountability, increasing efficiency and effectiveness in government operations, and empowering individuals and businesses to create jobs and new industries that improve Americans’ quality of life.

The Administration has made significant progress in improving the management of information resources to increase interoperability and openness. In executive order 13642 President Obama outlined a clear vision for “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information” wherever possible and legally permissible. The subsequently released Open Data Policy (OMB memorandum M-13-13) directed agencies to effectively “manage the information as a strategic asset” throughout its lifecycle and make data open by default to the extent permitted by law, while ensuring strict controls to safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security. 

As a direct result, Americans are getting better access to government information and services they need. Homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages now get prompt, clear responses because companies are competing based on open consumer financial product complaint data published by CFPB, and can stay in their homes. Similarly, patients can now comparison shop to see which hospitals have the best outcomes and best prices thanks to data published by Medicaid and HHS—including a new dataset that for the first time shows what hospitals charge for inpatient services associated with the 100 most common kinds of hospital stays, revealing huge variations in hospital charges across the country and even within metro areas.

To drive further impact and results, the Open Data CAP Goal will focus on a series of government-wide objectives, strategies and major metrics that facilitate and gauge the outcome-oriented and management improvement goals of Open Data.  Metrics will prioritize three channels of impact measurement: impact on economic value creation organizations, impact on existing public program outcomes, and impact on internal government efficiency.  

Progress Update

Previous Quarterly Updates

FY2014 Q2

Supporting Information

  • U.S. Open Data Action Plan. May 9, 2014—In fulfillment of the G7 Open Data Charter, the Administration published the US Open Data Action Plan, a roadmap for releasing and improving federal government data for the public, including a list of planned data releases and improvements:
  • The White House maintains a collaborative site called Project Open Data that includes free tools, case studies, and software code which make it easier for agencies to liberate data: 
  • The Project Open Data Dashboard is utilized to review agency submitted data. This tool also crawls agency open data repositories to verify inventories and their viability, including metadata validity and accessibility via published URLs. It will continue to undergo refinements with feedback from the user community: