The Obama Administration believes that responsible openness in government and data strengthens our democracy, fuels innovation, and promotes efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. On his first day in office, President Obama signed a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, directing the development of an Open Government Directive to instruct executive departments and agencies to take specific actions to advance the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. Since then, the Obama Administration has continued to drive progress on these principles, including through the release of an Executive Order on making open and machine-readable data the new default for government information, and issuing a periodically updated Open Government National Action Plan. Learn more: