Data Transparency 2015

Data Transparency 2015 (#DT2015) was held on Wednesday, September 23 at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. This was the third annual gathering of the most influential U.S. open data leaders– from the executive branch, the legislative branch, state and local, the nonprofit sector, and the tech and financial industries.

Current Change, Future Vision

The U.S. federal government is transforming its information into open data – standardized, searchable, and ready for anyone to use. Open data supports better accountability, enables data-driven decisions, and allows compliance tasks to be automated.

The transformation is driven by key policy changes. First, the DATA Act of 2014 and President Obama’s Open Data Policy are making open data a central part of government management. Second, the Financial Transparency Act, currently pending in Congress, and the IRS’ recent commitment to publishing nonprofit filings promise that the future of business and nonprofit reporting lies in standardized data, rather than disconnected documents. Third, open data formats are being adopted for the text and substance of laws and regulations, changing the essence of policymaking. Data Transparency 2015 offered a first glimpsed of what the government and business leaders who are pursuing in these policy areas.

Data Transparency 2015 was hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition, the world’s only open data trade association, representing market leaders in data publication, data analytics, and data reporting.

Highlights from #DT2015 

Welcome Remarks

 Morning Keynote Address: Open Data Accelerating Commerce – Dr. Mark Doms, Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs
 Legislative Panel: The Future of Open Data Laws – Hon. Darrell Issa, U.S. House of Representatives
Executive Panel: The Future of Open Data in the Executive Branch
Entrepreneurs’ Panel: Future Business Opportunities in Open Data
An Open Data Future for the Financial Industry
Open Data in Energy Regulation
Open Financial Data in the Executive Branch

Plenary Address: Open Data Accelerating

Closing Keynote Address: No Blank Screens
Closing Remarks

#DT2015 Presenters’ Slideshows

  • Track One: Government Management — includes slides from: Mike Peckham, Director, DATA Act Program Management Office, Department of Health and Human Services; Chris Zeleznik, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services; Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants; Tim Gribben, Deputy CFO, Small Business Administration
  • Main Program — includes slides from: Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition; Bryce Pippert, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Cori Zarek, Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dave Lebryk, Fiscal Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Laura Manley, Director of Partnerships and Programs, Center for Open Data Enterprise; Danny Kermode, Policy Advisor, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission



Member of Congress
Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs
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President and CEO, OTC Markets Group, Inc.
Deputy Director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, SEC
Valerie Brecher Kovacevic PMO, and FOIAOnline.go
Director of Legal Affairs and Policy,
Office of the Federal Register
RDG Filings
CEO, Association of Government Accountants 
President, Sunlight Foundation
Senior Director of Product, Graphiq
Deputy Chief Financial Officer,
Small Business Administration
CEO, Guidestar
Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
Policy Advisor, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Fiscal Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Director of Partnerships and Programs,
Center for Open Data Enterprise
Northwestern University School of Law

Director, DATA Act Program Management Office, Department of Health and Human Services
Digital Director, Sen. John Cornyn
Blu Venture Investors
CEO, Quorum
Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Digital Director, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
Legislative Director, Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Deputy Chief Customer Officer, GSA
 Seamus Kraft
OpenGov Foundation
Global Head of Entity Data, Citi
Digital Director, Sen. Ron Wyden
Office of the CFO, Treasury Department
Policy Associate, Data Transparency Coalition
Director of Policy Research, Morningstar
Co-Chair, Transitions in Governance 2016
Office of the Chief Data Officer,
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
RR Donnelley
Data Society
Shea, Robert
Chair, National Academy of Public Administration
RR Donnelley
Bradley Phillips
Arkansas Open Data Task Force
Deputy Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation
Booz Allen Hamilton
CEO, StreamLink Software
Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services
Senior Fellow, Demand Progress (moderator)
Senior Open Government Analyst, OMB (invited)
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Communications Director, Transitions in Governance 2016
Director of U.S. Public Policy,
 International Swaps and Derivatives Association


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Media Partner

Special Policy Partner

Special Thanks To

Recap of Data Transparency 2014

Breakout: Grant and Contract Reporting

Financial Regulation: Legislative Perspective

Closing Remarks