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Reports: House Bill Would Open Access to Online Gov’t Data Inventories

digital governmentA House bill sponsored by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) seeks to establish an “open by default” standard for government data, FCW reported Thursday.

FCW reports the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act would mandate agencies to publish enterprise-wide data inventories online in a machine-readable open format.

Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) plan to introduce a companion bill, the report said.

Kilmer said the OPEN Government Data Act will build on the White House’s open data policy and allow agencies and the public to access enterprise data inventory on Data.gov, Federal News Radio’s Meredith Somers wrote in a separate article published Thursday.

The inventory will include data assets related to program administration, statistical or financial activity and generated by information applications, devices, networks or equipment, according to Somers’ report.

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