Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. D. Open Data Documents


In January 2009, the President issued a Memorandum for the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Transparency and Open Government (White House 2009). 10 The Memorandum required the development of recommendations for an Open Government Directive to establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. In response, OMB issued an Open Government Directive in December 2009.

Four documents issued by the Executive Office of the President over a six-month period in 2013 define the scope and provide guidance on implementation of the new open data policy. These four documents were:

  1. Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (Office of Science and Technology Policy 2013)
  2. Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information (White House 2013c)
  3. Open Data Policy—Managing Information as an Asset (OMB 2013a)
  4. Supplemental Guidance on the Implementation of M-13-13 “Open Data Policy—Managing Information as an Asset” (OMB 2013b)

Summaries of these documents are presented below.

10 Reprinted in Federal Register, vol. 74, no. 15, pp. 4685-4686.

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