December 20, 2018
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after the Senate passed his Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act.
“Nebraskans expect accountability, transparency and efficiency from our government,” said Senator Sasse. “This bill isn’t rocket science: transparency is good and government data should be made public unless there’s a compelling reason not to. The OPEN Data Act is pretty simple: innovation, research, and transparency are great and that’s something everyone should agree on.”
This legislation requires federal agencies to publish public information in an open, machine-readable format and catalog it online, so that individuals, organizations, and other government offices can use it. It also preserves privacy and national security concerns. The bill passed as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.