On December 8, 2009, the "Open Government Directive" was issued by the White House that requires government agencies to takes steps in establishing openness and transparency. The directive includes the publication of information and data sets.
Medicare and Medicaid's Blue Button API has been taken offline. The API allows third party applications to access Medicare claims data. On December 4, 2019, an API partner reported "a data anomaly with the Blue Button 2.0 API". The agency expects that less than 10,000 beneficiaries are affected.