Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. 2. Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information


Executive Order 13642 was issued on May 9, 2013, and calls for a shift in the default policy in federal agencies toward that of free public access to information. The order describes government information as an asset, the dissemination of which is likely to create new jobs, provide inspiration for entrepreneurship, and stimulate the American economy. The order calls for the adoption of an Open Data Policy, as outlined in the OMB memorandum issued on the same day (and discussed next). The Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer were instructed to publish an online resource to assist agencies in their efforts to implement open data policies; Open Data Policy requirements were to be integrated into federal acquisition and grant-making; and agencies were to report quarterly on their progress, including a full analysis of risks to individual privacy and confidentiality.

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