Article: The Importance of Open Government

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

The Importance of Open Government

In 2009 President Obama, as his first decision as President of the United States, issued his first executive order that required agencies to identify and release “high value” data sets. The problem was that many did not release this information. In 2013, President Obama pushed an Executive Order that mandated all data be open. This push for openness and transparency in the government has led to the term open government. However, Obama’s true goal was for both an open and collaborative government.  As Obama’s memorandum states:

My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”

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