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The President’s Executive Order and accompanying Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset, issued on May 9, 2013, expand on the principles of Open Government to make the Federal government more open, transparent and collaborative with its citizens, stakeholders and the public. The policy requires that agencies open up new data and information, making them available in machine-readable formats. The publicly released data will provide fuel for innovation in both government and industry, allow better decision making by our government, provide collaboration opportunities for the public with their government, and make open data the new norm in federal information technology. GSA will continue to make new datasets available to the public on this site and across www.gsa.gov.

We welcome your comments and feedback to opendata@gsa.gov.

Overview

Making data open and accessible in a standard, machine-readable format by default can have significant productivity and cost savings for agencies. GSA recognizes the following potential benefits for our customers, stakeholders and the public:  

  • Save time and money responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. When data is open by default, the public can access the information it seeks directly, reducing internal FOIA-related time and expenditures.

  • Avoid duplicative internal research. Maintaining a central data catalog will make it easier to understand what information is currently available, and reviewing this catalog prior to the start of any new data collection is a recommended best practice.

  • Discover complementary datasets held by other agencies. The benefits of transparency into an agency’s own datasets are amplified when every agency maintains its own standardized data catalog.

  • Empower employees to make better-informed, data-driven decisions. Making it easier to find existing data is key to being able to then incorporate that data into your agency’s everyday decision-making processes
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  • Generate revenue and create new jobs in the private sector. Making more of GSA’s data publicly available in standards-compliant, machine-readable formats will make it easier for private sector companies and entrepreneurs to create new innovations fueled by GSA’s data.

Senior Official
Leading GSA's 
Open Data Initiative

Sonny Hashmi
Acting Chief Information Officer
Office of Chief Information Officer

Contact: opendata@gsa.gov

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