This isn’t quite right. On his first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum on open government focused transparency, public participation, and collaboration, which instructed the CTO, GSA & head of OMB to draft an Open Government Directive:

Subsequent executive orders issued by mayors and governors generally drew more upon on the Directive, issued in December 2009, specifically the section regarding publishing information online:

…though I see most policies in recent years drawn from other policies:

A 2013 memorandum was specifically focused on open data and served as a rough framework for the Open Government Data Act in Congress.

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