Business, industry groups, and transparency advocates applaud OPEN Government Data Act

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) thanked dozens of tech and transparency organizations for endorsing the OPEN Government Data Act.   

“These innovators have a lot to teach Washington and we’re grateful to have their support as we work to end the federal bureaucracy’s backwards approach to data,” said U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb)“Data transparency is a win-win for consumers and citizens: data fuels invention and transparency keeps government accountable.”   

“Open government data promotes accountability, allows agencies to communicate more easily, and unleashes innovation that can benefit both the private and public sectors,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “It’s clear from these strong endorsements that momentum is growing for more accessible and transparent public data.”

Background: 

Over the last week, dozens of technology businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency advocates endorsed the OPEN Government Data Act

Supporters of the legislation include: the Sunlight Foundation, the Data Coalition, Center for Data Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and BSA/The Software Alliance. 

Letters of support can be found here and here.

The OPEN Government Data Act would require, by default, the data included at Data.gov to be in a machine-readable format to make it accessible to anyone and easily searchable. It also protects privacy and national security information when making federal government data available to the public.