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White House, Executive Order 13642: Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information (May 9, 2013), 78 Fed. Reg. 28111 (May 14, 2013) (full-text).


The Order states:

To promote continued job growth, Government efficiency, and the social good that can be gained from opening Government data to the public, the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable. Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable. In making this the new default state, executive departments and agencies . . . shall ensure that they safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security.