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What we learned at the DATA Act Summit – and why it was our last one


At the Data Coalition's fourth annual DATA Act Summit, we no longer had to point to the future and predict the ways open spending data would benefit government and society. The future had come and the benefits were all around us - a world of new ways to visualize, analyze, and automate information about how taxpayers’ money is used. But we are never going to do this again. Here is why.

 

Breaking down the DATA Act Summit – what not to miss!


Our DATA Act Summit happened on Thursday, June 29th. This event may be our fourth annual, but it will be different. For the first time in history, the U.S. government has published a single open data set covering all its spending. This data set is changing the way the federal government manages itself. It will be the centerpiece of our event.

 

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.

 

Open Data in Texas Brings Transparency Outside, Efficiency Inside


The Data Coalition hosted its first-ever Texas Data Demo Day, sponsored by Grant Thornton and in partnership with Open Austin, on Wednesday, May 10th, in downtown Austin. The event highlighted the ongoing work of state and municipal leaders as they maximize transparency outside government and improve efficiency inside, by standardizing and publishing their data.

 

This data set took six years to create. Worth every moment.


Today, for the first time in history, the U.S. federal government's spending information is one single, unified data set. Under a deadline set by the DATA Act of 2014, today every federal agency must begin reporting spending to the Treasury Department using a common data format. And Treasury has published it all online, in one piece, offering a single electronic view of the world's largest organization. Today, we celebrate Darrell Issa, Mark Warner, Christina Ho, Tim Gribben, and all the other leaders who caught Jefferson's dream of a single, unified federal spending data set, and didn't let go.

 

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