The rapidly changing environment for federal data policy over the last year reflects successes of the Data Coalition efforts to advocate and improve the country’s existing framework. With enactment of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, passage of the GREAT Act, and implementation underway for the Federal Data Strategy, the Data Coalition’s priorities and emphasis in targeted areas continue to grow, mirroring emerging needs across government data.
The Data Coalition’s 2020 policy agenda highlights the interests of our members, as well as the vast areas of potential support for our work across government and society. The agenda is divided into four overarching domains and two sector-specific areas that represent Data Coalition members’ collective priorities for data policy in 2020:
- Data Sharing – Fostering Responsible Data Sharing
- Evidence-Based Decision Making – Enabling Evidence-Based Policymaking
- Government Spending – Encouraging Transparency and Accountability for Government Spending
- Innovation and Tech – Promoting Innovation and Emerging Technology
- Market & RegTech– Incentivizing Improved Market and Regulatory Technology Data
- Open Data – Strengthening Open Data Capabilities
The policy priorities include a focus on successful implementation of legislative wins of the past, such as the Evidence Act, the GREAT Act, the DATA Act, and the OPEN Government Data Act. They are also forward leaning on additional changes needed through legislation or regulation.
Extending from the policy agenda, the Data Coalition’s 2020 legislative priorities focus on specific legislation within each of the policy priorities. Top legislative priorities endorsed by the Data Coalition include:
- Financial Transparency Act – applies legal entity identifier data standards to financial services for improving insights about the economy
- AI in Government Act – establishes processes and expectations for responsible exploration of artificial intelligence inside federal agencies
- Taxpayers Right to Know Act – requires development of program inventories for improving general transparency about how tax dollars are spent
- Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act – promotes improved access to information about agency budget requests in support of greater transparency around federal government spending
- Electronic Court Records Reform Act – enables improved access and transparency for court records
The legislative agenda also includes other bills and processes underway within Congress.
While much progress was made in 2019, the opportunities are vast in 2020 for further improvement to the federal government’s data infrastructure. The Data Coalition’s multi-pronged advocacy efforts will continue to advance responsible data policies that enable government data to be high-quality, accessible, and usable.