Uncle Sam Agrees to Publish ‘Largest Index of Government Data in the World’

In a victory for transparency advocates, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday acceded to a Freedom of Information Act request that it release for the first time a centralized set of inventories of the data sets kept by each federal agency.

The Sunlight Foundation had enlisted a law firm to pry loose agency indexes that will be complete this spring. The inventories will benefit information technology managers, FOIA requesters and agency oversight efforts, according to the nonprofit.

“The planned release of the Enterprise Data Inventories is a significant victory for transparency and government accountability, and positions the United States as one of the world leaders in open data,” Sunlight Foundation President Chris Gates said.

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