“Every American had the right to know”
In 2014, Obama signed a bipartisan measure mandating agencies use consistent data standards for spending, along the lines of what Devaney had advised. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was ushered through by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
Major change proposed to how agencies track vendors
The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council is taking the first step to get the government away from what many see as a costly way to track and manage vendors. The FAR Council released a proposed rule Nov. 18 asking for input on how the government can stop using the proprietary standard or number for uniquely identifying entities receiving federal awards provided for decades by Dun & Bradstreet.
Sun could be setting on DUNS
The federal government is taking the first steps toward getting rid of a proprietary business identifier it uses in its procurement processes and that critics say weakens open-data initiatives. The sun might finally be setting for DUNS. The three agencies responsible for overseeing the Federal Acquisition Regulation that drives procurement officially proposed stepping away from DUNS numbers in a Nov. 18 notice in the Federal Register.
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User Feedback Key to USASpending.gov’s 2-year Facelift
With two years to go before key deadlines under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act mandate a wave of new requirements for agencies submitting spending data to USASpending.gov, the Treasury Department is planning to revamp the website that tracks federal dollars.
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Agencies still searching for a way out of their own data silos
The Small Business Administration has made one small step forward in its efforts to better collect, organize and understand its own data. But SBA and other agencies still are opening up and tying together data within their own individual silos. Breaking down those walls and drawing connections between them will take more time, as agencies implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).
Making DATA Act Real Means Working Nights and Weekends
Small Business Administration staff are working overtime to keep up progress on a pilot project to standardize spending data as required by the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.
How the Data Act reveals what agencies don’t know
Shining a bright light into a dark space is bound to reveal some unknowns, but it could highlight opportunities as well. Tim Gribben, deputy chief financial officer at the Small Business Administration, shared some of the insights he has gained during the trek toward complying with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.
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Boehner’s tech legacy (seriously)
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner might be better remembered for public bouts of weeping and a private fondness for red wine and cigarettes. But as the Ohioan prepares to leave office amid a political struggle over the direction of the Republican caucus, it’s a good time to reflect on a surprising aspect of Boehner’s legacy: promoting open data in government.
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What’s your Return on Complying with the DATA Act?
The scale of U.S. federal government spending is immense, overwhelming and abstract. At 20 percent of American Gross Domestic Product, our $3.8 trillion in annual federal spending is larger than the entire economies of all but two countries. This large budget spanning hundreds of agencies and departments presents a considerable challenge to open review of public spending.
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California Lawmaker Pushes for State Chief Data Officer
California Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, among others, addressed the need to streamline the state’s open data publishing efforts at the California Data Demo Day. The morning event was hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition, a trade group that advocates for publishing government data in open, machine-readable formats.