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Administration’s New Federal Data Strategy: Opportunities, Limitations, and Context


If you have been following along with the White House Performance Management Agenda (PMA), you will have noticed the release of the Second Quarter Action plans late last month. At the Data Coalition, we are zeroing in on Cross Agency Priority (CAP) Goal 2: Data as a Strategic Asset and Goal 8: Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants Management.

 

Mnuchin’s Congressional Recommendations Point to Financial Transparency Act


On Tuesday, June 13th, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testified before the House Appropriations Committee in defense of the Treasury Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request (see the request here). Mnuchin’s testimony showed an opening to standardize data fields and formats across the nation’s overlapping financial regulatory regimes - just as the Data Coalition has already been recommending to Congress.

 

Nine Months to Reporting Deadline, GAO Finds Two Big DATA Act Challenges


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released two reports assessing the federal government’s work on the DATA Act. Nine months from now, in May 2017, every federal agency must begin reporting standardized spending data. If the agencies follow the law, and if they report good, quality data, they’ll create the world’s most valuable open data set: a single, standardized view of the spending of the entire federal executive branch.

 

House Speaker Ryan Endorses Structured Legislative Data Making Open Law Vision Inevitable


Earlier this month, the open Congress movement gained a huge endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Speaker backed the adoption of Congressional data standards and common formats for legislative information. The House Speaker's endorsement of the Bulk Data Task Force's work will further efforts to make legislation, floor summaries, committee work, and the U.S. Code available as structured data. The Speaker even endorsed the technical approach of building out XML-based open data structures across Congress.

 

Third Annual DATA Act Summit: A critical tipping point reached, but big challenges remain to be solved in 2017


The DATA Act, the nation’s first open data law, hit two major milestones this May. Not only did it celebrate its two-year anniversary since being signed into law by President Obama on May 9th, 2014, but we are now seeing federal agencies, the White House, Congress, and the private sector embracing the law’s vision for government-wide spending transparency as a very real inevitability.

 

Data Coalition Celebrates New Open Data Law on Capitol Hill


On Wednesday, the Data Coalition hosted a Legislative Data Demo Day to show what’s possible when we make our laws and legislation more accessible. This past Wednesday we explored how legal and regulatory information can be reformed in order to provide maximum value to both lawmakers, and the public.