Open Data: Agencies Need Guidance to Establish Comprehensive Data Inventories; Information on Their Progress is Limited, Report to Congressional Addresses [open pdf - 1MB]
From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Federal agencies create and collect large amounts of data in support of fulfilling their missions. Public access to open data--data that are free to use, modify, and share--holds great promise for promoting government transparency and engendering public trust. Access to open data is particularly important in the current pandemic environment as government agencies, scientists, and the public work to understand and respond to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] using data-focused approaches. The OPEN [Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary] Government Data Act includes a provision for GAO to report on federal agencies' comprehensive data inventories. This report examines the extent to which 1) OMB [Office of Management and Budget], GSA [General Services Administration], and NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] met their statutory requirements to facilitate the establishment of federal agencies' comprehensive data inventories; and 2) CFO [Chief Financial Officer] Act agencies developed data inventories in accordance with OMB guidance. GAO reviewed agencies' websites and related documentation, and interviewed OMB staff and GSA and NARA officials."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/