Open Government Directive: Guidance for Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the Open Government Directive (OGD) on December 8, 2009. The OGD required each federal agency to:

  • Establish an open government page on their website
  • Draft an open government plan and get citizen comments
  • Incorporate those comments into their final plan by April 7, 2010

Open government plans are intended to be living documents, so use the resources below to improve your plan and web page.

Open Government Web pages

Specific Legal or Policy Requirements

Guidance is provided in OMB Memorandum M-13-13: Open Data Policy—Managing Information as an Asset (PDF, 6 MB, 12 pages, May 2013), in accordance with the May 9, 2013 Executive Order—Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information


Most of the resources below are from government agencies, but some links point to helpful information maintained by stakeholder groups outside government.

Other Important Contacts

Content Lead: Justin Herman
Page Reviewed/Updated: November 27, 2013

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