Open government data powers software applications that help consumers make informed decisions.

While we can’t and don’t endorse specific apps, below are just a few examples of government, citizen, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. Submit Consumer application suggestions at Contact Consumer and see more examples of applications made with open government data at

Education Applications

College Affordability and Transparency Center

The College Affordability and Transparency Center was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to meet requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and to provide better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare colleges tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics.

Open Government Data Used: Department of Education – National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Search for Private Schools

The data for this search tool comes directly from the 30,000 plus private schools that responded to the 2003-2004 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Search for Public School Districts

Use the Search For Public School Districts locator to retrieve information on all U.S. public school districts.

Search for Public Schools

Use the Search For Public Schools locator to retrieve information on all U.S. public schools.

Energy & Environment Applications

Green Button Apps Gallery

Green Button data apps gallery on a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Light Bulb Finder

The Light Bulb Finder mobile app makes it easy to switch from incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs.


Calculate gas mileage (MPG), annual fuel costs, annual petroleum use, and the carbon footprint information for your car or truck.

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Calculator that gives greenhouse gas emission equivalencies for common actions like driving, home energy use, etc.

GREET Trip Calculator

Transportation application that estimates greenhouse gas emissions from trips using different transportation modes.

Home Energy Saver

Interactive application to estimate residential energy use and plan home energy efficiency upgrades.

In My Backyard

Planning application to estimate the renewable electricity you can generate at your home or business.

Power Profiler

Application that provides electricity generation mix and greenhouse gas emissions information from U.S. utilities.

Programmable Thermostat Tool

Energy Star application that simulates the energy demand from changing thermostat settings.

Green Button

An initiative to give consumers access to their own energy usage information in a downloadable, easy-to-use electronic format, offered by their utility or retail energy service provider.

Finance Applications

SEC’s Public Company Interactive Data Viewer

Investors can search the SEC’s next generation EDGAR system for interactive data on public company financials.

SEC Investment Adviser Search

You can search for an investment adviser firm on this website and view the registration form (‘Form ADV’) that the adviser filed.

Social Security Benefits Planner

Use SSA’s planner to help you better understand your Social Security protection as you plan for your financial future. Then choose a benefit calculator to find out your monthly benefit amounts.

Food & Nutrition Applications


Food-A-pedia is a mobile tool to provide consumers quick access to nutrition information for over 1,000 foods. Food-a-pedia includes: calorie amounts, contribution of a food to the five food groups, and number of “extra” calories in a food from solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol.

My Dietary Supplements

My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) gives you an easy way to keep track of the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take—right in the palm of your hand.

Food Environment Atlas

Get a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.


Fooducate is a free mobile app (Android, iPhone) that empowers supermarket shoppers to make healthy choices effortlessly, enabling consumers to automatically scan the barcodes of food products, and instantly see how nutritious they really are.


The GoodGuide app can be used while shopping to instantly reveal whether a food product is healthy and produced by green or socially responsible companies.

Lose It

Lose It! helps users make healthy choices by setting a clear calorie budget, track their fitness and activity level, and provide insight into their nutrition (including a great “My Plate” report on and badges for adherence to My Plate fruit and vegetable guidelines).

Health Applications

The official U.S. Government’s site for Medicare services and plans.

Health Insurance Plan Finder

This tool will help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it’s private insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you.

Find a Health Center

Federally funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Type in a ZIP code and click the “Find Centers” button to find health centers near you.


LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®), is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Data are organized into substance-specific records, which provide a summary of the pertinent reported information.

Safety Applications


Planning a bus trip? Look before you book. First, use the SaferBus app to check the safety record of the carrier you are choosing.

The publicly-available consumer product safety information database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Product Recalls

When you’re buying and using products, safety comes first. And now, with this product recalls application, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it — right on your mobile phone.

Telecommunications Applications

National Broadband Map

The National Broadband Map is a tool to search, analyze and map broadband availability across the United States.

Transportation Applications is a real time bus notification system that uses voice and SMS.

Safety information for vehicle shoppers and owners.


Planning a bus trip? Look before you book. First, use the SaferBus app to check the safety record of the carrier you are choosing.

Smart Traveler

Smart Traveler, the official State Department app for U.S. travelers, invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.