As the Data Coalition celebrated its fifth birthday, our ambitious agenda had taken hold for U.S. federal spending information - and was on its way to transforming the rest of the federal information portfolio as well. Here’s a look at our biggest data reform stories of 2017 and a glimpse of what to expect next year.
Though transparency and evidence communities are immersed in data and policies to encourage greater data access and use, they seem to speak different languages. Now their objectives are joined in common legislation that advances both causes, the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2017 (FEBP Act) (HR 4174).
A new procurement announcement from the General Services Administration (GSA) has confirmed that the U.S. federal government is seriously considering a new, open future for the way its contractors and grantees are identified. The end may be in sight for the status quo, in which one company holds a monopoly over contract and grant spending data.
On October 19th in Sacramento, our California Data Demo Day brought together more than 100 supporters of opening up the Golden State’s data, representing dozens of government agencies and tech companies. Grant Thornton, Xcential, and OpenGov made our event possible through their sponsorship. Our morning of speeches, panels, and live demonstrations celebrated the impacts of open data for California: transparency outside, efficiency inside.
Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed its first expansion of open corporate data in nearly nine years. Here's where the new proposal came from, what it means, and why it matters.
The GSA has given Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., a monopoly over the code that identifiers every company that has, or seeks, a contract with the federal government. The tech industry is beginning to recognize that public contracting information shouldn’t be tracked using a proprietary system.
White House’s DATA Act report: Standardized Data is Needed to Modernize Federal Grant Reporting – But Not Contract Reporting
Last Thursday, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its long-awaited report on reducing compliance burdens for recipients of federal grants and contracts. Its main recommendation is simple yet powerful: the federal government needs to adopt a standardized data structure for all the information that grantees must submit.