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S. 760 (115th): Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

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GovTrack endorses this bill because it codifies the practices of open government data that we helped to pioneer. For more information, see a letter of support that we signed onto. was launched in 2009 as a public repository for data about the federal government, including budgets, revenues, and more. But the website has fallen short of some of its initial promises regarding scope and usability. And many fear the Trump administration could interfere with or restrict open data.

A 2013 President Obama executive order attempted to accomplish some goals regarding the website and transparency, but like all executive efforts, those moves could be reversed by succeeding presidential administrations. That’s especially true for an administration like President Trump’s, which has opposed many elements of government transparency, from ...

Sponsor and status

Brian Schatz

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017
Length: 24 pages
Mar 29, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 17, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 760 will add $2 million in new spending through 2021.


Mar 29, 2017

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May 17, 2017
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Jul 24, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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S. 760 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 760. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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