Preserve Public Access to Federal Data
In response to the Trump administration's removal of open government data from various sites, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced S.960, the bipartisan Preserving Data in Government Act. The bill, which is currently before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, would require federal agencies to continue allowing public access to data sets and prohibit them from removing any data without sufficient public notice. Entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators, and citizens rely on public government data for everything from making business decisions and calculating college costs to forcasting weather and helping farmers. Taxpayer dollars fund this data's collection, and in return, the public should have the right to access and use such data. As Senator Gardner stated, "Once data has been published and made available to the public, it should remain available to the public." "