To promote continued job growth, Government efficiency, and the social good that can be gained from opening Government data to the public, the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable. Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.
An executive order from the Obama Administration requires government data to be open and machine readable (while ensuring privacy, confidentially, national security and all of that).
In addition, there’s an Open Data github repository with guidelines, code, tools, use cases… any thing you’d need as an agency of the Federal Government to bring the Executive Order into fruition.
This is definitely worth staying tuned.