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Sunlight Foundation Gets OMB Commitment to Release Inventories on Gov’t Data Holdings

dataThe Office of Management and Budget will release agency enterprise data inventories to the public in response to a 2013 request by the Sunlight Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act, the foundation reported Monday.

Matthew Rumsey, Sean Vitka and John Wonderlich wrote on the foundation’s blog that the EDIs will provide a view into the information that each federal agency collects and stores internally.

The move builds on President Barack Obama’s open data executive order that requires agencies to maintain indexes on their data assets, they said.

“Creating a more complete picture of the government’s data holdings… is broadly considered a big step toward open data policies that transform how governments work,” wrote Rumsey, Vitka and Wonderlich.

The Sunlight Foundation submitted the FOIA request to facilitate greater public access to government information holdings and enable the nonprofit to leverage the data for oversight and other uses.

According to the report, OMB will release the EDIs as soon as three days after agency submissions, which are due Feb. 28.

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