Digital Government Strategy

"Ultimately, this Strategy will ensure that agencies use emerging technologies to serve the public as effectively as possible. As a Government, and as a trusted provider of services, we must never forget who our customers are -- the American people." —President Barack Obama, May 23, 2012

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

U.S. Government agencies are asked to "build a 21st century digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people."

One of the components of the digital strategy, open data, was further promoted though Memorandum M-13-13, Open Data Policy-Managing Information as an Asset. The Open Data Policy has as its goals to increase operational efficiencies at reduced costs, improve services and support mission needs, to safeguard personal information and to increase public access to valuable government information. This page publicly reports the U.S. Department of State’s progress in meeting the requirements of the Digital Government Strategy and implementing the Open Data Policy. The Open Data Plan, which contains the Inventory Schedule, is listed below. A description of the open data (metadata) available or planned to be available is posted at The format of the open data metadata is located here on the Project Open Data website. The Project Open Data website is a collection of supporting code, tools, and case studies designed help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy and help users unlock the potential of government data.

Another component of the digital strategy is achieving efficiency, transparency, and innovation through reusable and open source software as described in Memorandum M-16-21 Federal Source Code Policy (FSCP).

In order to comply with the FSCP, an inter-bureau working group within the State Department is drafting policy that will address the technical implementation of the FSCP mandates. The working group is taking the following actions:

  • Drafting policy on DoS implementation of FSCP
  • Identifying and revising existing DoS policies that must be updated to comply with the FSCP
  • Publishing information on FSCP compliance on the Department's Digital Strategy page
  • Assembling a DoS enterprise source code inventory
  • Establishing an Open Source Code Repository
  • Creating governance on the release of code as OSS

The State Department will continue to participate actively in the bi-weekly interagency coordination meetings facilitated by OMB as it strives to achieve the objectives of the policy memorandum.

Comments or questions on the Department’s Digital Strategy may be sent to

IT Leadership Directory

Directory in html format (updated 11/10/2016): //
Directory in .json format (updated 11/10/2016): //

State Department Documents

Digital Government Strategy Report

Report in .json format (11/12/2013): //
Report in .xml format (11/12/2013): //
Report in .html format (11/12/2013): //

Other Reports

-Data Center Optimization Initiative Strategic Plan (.json format):

-FITARA Implementation Milestones (.json format):

-Public Data Listing (.json format):

-Realized Cost Savings and Avoidance Decisions (.json format):

-05/30/14 Open Data Plan and Inventory Schedule [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version]
-03/19/14 Open Data Plan and Inventory Schedule [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version]
-05/23/13 Digital Government Strategy Progress Report for the U.S. Department of State
-05/10/13 Digital Government Strategy: Milestone 2.1 for Customer-Facing Systems (APIs)
-05/10/13 Digital Government Strategy: Milestone 7.1 for Customer-Facing Services (Mobile)