GSA Appoints Open Gov Advocate


The General Services Administration (GSA) has appointed Rebecca Williams to lead its open government initiatives. Williams was previously with the Sunlight Foundation, an open government watchdog group. Williams will be working with initiatives. is the federal government’s open data portal. is the home of the US government’s open data with almost 98,000 datasets. features Federal, state and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research, build apps, design data visualizations, and more.

Prior to working at the Sunlight Foundation, Williams was a city planner. She is also a noted open data and open government expert.

Williams said in a blog post on, that she would “like to better facilitate public private partnerships where possible, and help implement a better public feedback strategy. I’d also like to identify strategies to help agencies comply with the open data policy, as well as ways to better showcase impacts that are powered by open government data,” during her tenure at GSA.