Legislation to make all government information machine-readable and accessible through open-source code got another boost Wednesday as the House passed the measure as part of another bill.
The OPEN Government Data Act, which has been part of a recent wave of proposals to capitalize on the greater use of data analytics, passed by voice vote as part of Speaker Paul Ryan’s Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.
The electronic information bill — introduced in the House as a stand-alone measure in March — also is part of the final version of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which the House approved Tuesday and is awaiting a final vote in the Senate. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law once it reaches his desk.
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