But it's slow going. Bureaucrats still snooze atop mountains of public data, with no political imperative to release it. It's not something senators and congresspeople fret about while nursing martinis with lobbyists. "It's not the primary mission of any agency," notes Tom Lee, a director at the Sunlight Foundation, one of the foremost open-government groups.
So how do we get the attention of the political class? With one word: jobs.