White House Says Agencies Slowly Meeting Open Data Milestones

Jason Miller | Federal News Radio | December 10, 2013

Many agencies have created new groups to address key provisions in the open data executive order and policy put out by the White House seven months ago.

The Office of Management and Budget said in a new blog post that more than 15 agencies now have data working groups "to improve coordination around data management, data security and protection and data release efforts."

The policy and EO didn't specifically require the creation of these groups, agencies likely see it as a way to comply with requirement to strengthen data management and release practices.

"While there is still much more work to do, we are excited to see the great progress being made by federal agencies to unleash the power of open data," stated Nick Sinai, the White House's deputy chief technology officer, and Haley Van Dyck, a senior advisor to the federal chief information officer.