Resources.data.gov is an effort by the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Government Information Services of the National Archives, and the General Services Administration to provide an online repository of guidance and tools to implement the OPEN Government Data Act and the Federal Data Strategy.
While the site is required by the OPEN Government Data Act, resources.data.gov serves a broader purpose as the central repository for Federal Enterprise Data resources including tools, case studies, playbooks, and guidance on how to manage and use Federal data. The repository will be frequently updated with additional tools and resources and will be developed in an open, collaborative manner. Provide feedback and check back often!
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”) signed into law on January 14, 2019, emphasizes collaboration and coordination to advance data and evidence-building functions in the Federal Government by statutorily mandating Federal evidence-building activities, open government data, and confidential information protection and statistical efficiency. Title II of the Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act, the OPEN Government Data Act, requires the Office of Management and Budget to collaborate with the Office of Government Information Services and the Administrator of General Services to develop and maintain an online repository of tools, best practices, and schema standards to facilitate the adoption of open data practices across the Federal Government.
Resources.data.gov was originally launched in July 2019 and the Evidence Act Orientation was hosted in September 2019 for all designated officials.
The following policy documents describe the requirements for resources.data.gov.
- OMB Circular A-130, “Managing Federal Information as a Strategic Resource” (July 28, 2016)
- OMB M-13-13, “Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset” (May 9, 2013)
- OMB M-19-23 “Phase 1 Implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018: Learning Agendas, Personnel, and Planning Guidance” (July 10, 2019)