"I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people's lives."

-President Barack Obama

Open Government

Digital Government
On May 23, 2012, the President issued a directive entitled “Building a 21st Century Digital Government”. It launched a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy (pdf/html5) aimed at delivering better digital services to the American people. The strategy builds on several initiatives, including Executive Order 13571, Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service, and Executive Order 13576, Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government.

As part of President Obama's pledge for greater governmental transparency, was launched in 2009 with 47 datasets of government information that was previously unavailable to the public. The motivation was that this data belongs to the American people, who should not only have theinformation, but have the ability to use it. It was hoped that by tapping the collective knowledge of the American people, we could leverage this government asset to deliver more for millions of people. Today, there are more than 375,000 datasets available, which have been downloaded 2.9 million times. More than 1,250 governments apps have been developed using this data – 103 of them are for mobile usage. Citizens have used the data to develop 236 apps.

Open Data

We’re making government data freely available in machine-readable formats so that innovators and entrepreneurs can turn them into new products, services, and jobs. The feeds below provide access to data and content produced by the White House.

Open Source

We believe in using and contributing back to open source software as a way of making it easier for the government to share data, improve tools and services, and return value to taxpayers. Below are a few of the projects that the White House has contributed back to the open source community.




Tech News

Learn about's technology development by reading blog posts below. Send us feedback on our use of web technology and participation in the open source community.

Download the App on Your Device

New versions of the White House apps for the iPhone and Android were recently released after being rebuilt with several new features. For the first time, these apps are fully compatible with the iPad and Android tablets.

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