The United States House of Representatives has voted for open government data in the United States of America.
This will make the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act, also known as the Government Data Act as a law. As per the new law, public information will be open for public by default in a machine-readable format, where such publication doesn’t harm privacy or security. Secondly, federal agencies should use evidence when they make public policy
The Senate has passed the resolution required to send the bill onwards to the president’s desk.
When this new Act comes in place, US will become the third country in the world to pass an open data law. France and Germany are the first two companies who have this law.
The Act is significant as it codifies the open government data policies, practices, roles and websites that the federal government had adopted over the past decade.
“The bipartisan passage of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act is a significant step toward a more efficient, more effective government that uses evidence and data to improve results for the American people,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and co-founder of Results for America, in a statement.