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A Year in Review: The Data Coalition in 2016


It’s been a busy year for the world’s only open data trade association! We started a new sister organization, welcomed nearly two thousand people to our events, testified before Congress, and celebrated the Senate’s passage of landmark legislation. Our members made all this possible.

 

Automatic Redlining for Legislation? Rep. Elise Stefanik Wants to Make it Happen


Rep. Stefanik, joined by Luke Messer (D-IN) introduced the Establishing Digital Interactive Transparency Act (EDIT Act) (H.R. 5493) on June 14th, 2016. The bill is currently pending in the House of Representatives’ Committee on House Administration. When this bill is signed into law, the Library of Congress would be charged with implementation and would have one year to comply.

 

DATA Act Beta Site Gets a Revamp


Last month, Treasury DATA Act Product Manager Kaitlin Devine announced the release of the second iteration of OpenBeta.USAspending.gov at the Coalition’s DATA Act Summit. The site will eventually host all DATA Act mandated data sets, though no new data sets have been published there yet. Version 2 is now live for everybody to explore!

 

Open Data and Oversight: How Data Standards Empower Anti-Fraud Analytics


When it passed the DATA Act two years ago, Congress cited the need for the federal government to be more transparent to its people. That’s quite correct: once federal spending is published as fully-standardized, open data - instead of documents - it’ll be easier for taxpayers to understand what their government is doing. The Data Coalition and Esri will be exploring this story over breakfast on Tuesday, April 26, at 1776 Crystal City. Join us!

 

Anti-Open Data Bill Set for House Passage, Again


The Coalition has long opposed Rep. Robert Hurt's Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act (H.R. 1965), which would severely disrupt the SEC’s ability to collect open data financial statements from most public companies, and regress to only collecting the information as plain-text documents. H.R. 1965 is back on the House of Representatives' agenda. It has been included in a package bill the House is scheduled for a vote this Wednesday.

 

HHS DATA Act Pilot Program Promises Automated Reporting for Grantees – Maybe


Grantees and contractors must find their way through a complex landscape of hundreds of forms with thousands of data elements. Today, those forms are mostly expressed as documents. But if the federal government replaced those documents with consistently-structured data, grantees' and contractors' software could automatically compile and submit the same information. Until the DATA Act, nobody was in charge of the whole landscape of grant and contract reporting. The DATA Act changes that.

 

The DATA Act Doesn’t Require Big System Change. Here’s Why.


The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) was passed by Congress to make federal spending data more transparent and accessible - not just to citizens, but to internal users as well. The law requires the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), working together, to establish common data standards to govern financial and award information that all federal agencies must report.