"President Barack Obama enacted the nation's first open data law, signing into law on May 9 bipartisan legislation that requires federal agencies to publish their spending data in a standardized, machine-readable format that the public can access through USASpending.gov. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (S. 994) amends the eight-year-old Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act to make available to the public specific classes of federal agency spending data "with more specificity and at a deeper level than is currently reported," a White House statement said."
Monday, May 12, 2014
Obama Signs Nation's First 'Open Data' Law; Information Week, 5/12/14
William Welsh, Information Week; Obama Signs Nation's First 'Open Data' Law: