The government has announced plans to increase the transparency of its agencies by allowing citizens to monitor and analyze how it complies with data quality regulations.
In a live web chat, federal chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra and federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra announced the implementation of the plans, known as the open government directive.
Mr Kundra said: "It is up to agencies to decide what is considered a high-value data set [but] data related to health care, education and energy are the kinds of information officials expect agencies to share with the public."
The move is in line with president Obama's pledge to move the government from being 'closed and secretive' to being more transparent and open to the public.
Agencies will be forced to keep data in line with the directive, making databases and information easy to access and use.