Creating an Open Source Environment that is accessible for anyone.
Posting Open Standards on Github is a great way to better comply with The White House's Open Government Initiative and President Obama's Executive Order -- Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, and Leveraging American Ingenuity through Reusable and Open Source Software.
The Department of State requires a versatile, readily-available, and understandable outlet for the dispersal of open government data API's and standards. GitHub has been a popular space for hosting versioned data in the public sector for some time. Recently, it has seen a good deal of participation from federal agencies such as the General Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and State Department's IRM Site.