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Open Government

Congress regularly considers legislation to keep pace with technology and the inherent challenges and risks that come with it. Over the last several years the White House has made technology, data, and transparency a strategic priority. The May 9, 2013 Executive Order—Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information and the May 9, 2013  Memorandum on Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset (“the Open Data Memo”) mandated that government publish its information in standardized machine readable formats.

Legislation Relevant to Open Government and/or FEMA

Presidential Directives

  • Jan 21, 2009 – Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (“The 2009 Memorandum”
  • Dec 8, 2009 – OMB Memorandum M-10-06 Open Government Directive (“the Directive)
  • May 23, 2012 - Presidential Memorandum on Building a 21st Century Digital Government
  • May 23, 2012 – Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People (“the Digital Government Strategy”)
  • May 9, 2013 – Executive Order—Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information
  • May 9, 2013 – Memorandum on Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset (“the Open Data Memo”)

Federal Legislation

  • 1988 – Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act)
  • 2002 – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • 2006 – Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA)
  • 2013 – Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA)
  • 2014 – Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA)
  • 2018 – Disaster Recovery and Reform Act (DRRA)
  • 2019 – Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Title II - OPEN Government Data Act)

Links

  • Data.gov - the Federal government’s open data site
  • Digital.gov – helps the government community deliver better digital services
  • Code.gov - the federal government's platform for sharing America's open source software
  • USASpending.gov - official source for spending data for the U.S. Government
  • USA.gov - online guide to government information and services
  • ITDashboard.gov -  provides Federal agencies and the public the ability to view details of Federal information technology (IT) investments online and to track their progress over time
  • Performance.gov - an online centralized performance reporting portal required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act of 2010
  • Regulations.gov - source for information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government

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Last updated Jun 24, 2020

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