Take a look at this article issued by The White House. Here is a fact sheet reporting on the progress of the Transparency and Open Government initiative, issued on Pres. Obama’s first day in office. The fact sheet summarizes innovations and improvements in data availability from federal sources, including USPTO Open Data Portal (patent and trademark data), Police Data Initiative, Federal IT Dashboards (federal spending on information technology),
ForeignAssistance.gov (U.S. foreign assistance spending), etc.