January 15, 2019
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) released the following statement after President Trump signed his Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act into law. Sasse introduced the legislation along with Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).
“This is a big win for transparency in government,” said Sasse. “Washington’s backwards approach to data needed a fix — and this bipartisan solution is good news for data transparency and responsible government. We have long worked to get this legislation across the finish line and I’m glad to see President Trump sign it into law.”
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 was signed as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.