Our DATA Act Summit is happening this Thursday, June 29th, thanks to Booz Allen Hamilton and our other sponsors. 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.
And you’re invited to hear from all the folks who made it possible.
Here’s the 4-1-1 on the DATA Act
For the first time in U.S. history, the federal government’s financial information is being published as one single, unified data set under the 2014 DATA Act. Under the law’s requirements every federal agency began reporting its spending information to the U.S. Treasury Department under a common data format
by May 9th, 2017. Treasury published it all online, in a single unified structure, offering a single electronic view of the world’s largest organization.
The journey began six years ago, in June 2011, with Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49-R) and Senator Mark Warner’s (VA-D) first introduction of the DATA Act in Congress. After a hard fight by early industry innovators and eighteen original Congressional cosponsors, the legislation was eventually signed into law by President Barack Obama, in 2014. Three years later, its main deadline has arrived.
The DATA Act is poised to bring valuable new benefits to Congress, executive branch agencies agencies, outside watchdogs and journalists, and the US citizenry, as each begin to unpack the power of the DATA Act’s federal financial insights.
For federal financial managers, the DATA Act enables better data for decision making. For the inspectors general community, the DATA Act enables powerful anti-fraud analytics. For grantees and contractors, the DATA Act promises automated, cheaper compliance reporting. For Congress and the public, the DATA Act offers a richer understanding of how taxpayer dollars flow through the government.
This Thursday, June 29th, the Summit will take a deep dive into how the DATA Act is unleashing federal spending information. You’ll want to be a part of this. Join us and over 600 other data enthusiasts for an all-day conference!
Senator Portman, and Reps. Issa and Connolly Keynotes: Champions of open data
Shortly after the Summit begins, Congressman Gerry Connolly, an original cosponsor of the DATA Act and a longtime champion of successful government management reform legislation, will discuss how the DATA Act can enable Congressional oversight and government management reform. Later in the morning, Senator Robert Portman, a leading senator for open data reform and an original DATA Act cosponsor, will take the summit stage to discuss the long-term vision and value of the DATA Act for government and citizens.
Carrying the momentum through the day, Congressman Darrell Issa, the original author of the DATA Act, will take the stage to discuss his law’s inspiration, history, and ultimate vision.
Bipartisan Congressional support for the DATA Act is one of the reasons why the drive for implementation has remained so strong, and culminated in the successful publication of the data set last month.
White House innovation leaders: using open data to modernize government
Track 1 of the DATA Act Summit will be all about using standardized data for government management.
One of the highlights will be our White House panel. Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy, and Matt Cutts, who leads the U.S. Digital Service, will lay out the new administration’s goals for modernizing our government through technology. The DATA Act’s searchable, consistent data set will empower efforts to reorganize agencies and repurpose investments.
Show us the data!
In Track 2, the women of Treasury’s DATA Act implementation office will be addressing the nitty-gritty details of this historic federal development project. Treasury leaders will walk you through the new agency reporting website, beta.usaspending.gov, and discuss how the DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS) represents the most valuable government-wide data model.
Following this, you will have an opportunity to see first-hand what the data can truly do. In our analytics panel, the winners of last April’s DATA Act Hackathon will showcase their findings, including analysis of federal anti-homelessness programs, a historical evaluation of federal grants on local economies, and a visualization mapping Congressional appropriations to specific programs. Winners include Booz Allen Hamilton, Kearney & Company, and Qlik.
Finally, you’ll hear from inspectors general about plans to audit agency data reporting quality with a discussion of the DATA Act’s impact on combatting programmatic waste, fraud, and abuse.
Transforming federal grant management
In Track 3, leaders from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency will participate in panel discussions about the need to adopt a standardized data structure for grant reporting. Our panels will explore how standardizing the data fields and formats of the hundreds of document-based grant reporting forms could bring efficiency for grantees and transparency for agencies and the public.
This is no small need. The U.S. federal government awards more than $600 billion in grants each year to state agencies, local and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Don’t miss out. Shape the conversation!
Even though the DATA Act has hit its first implementation deadline, this isn’t the end of the road – in fact, we’re still at the beginning.
Our past three DATA Act Summits have set the tone and pace at which Congress, the executive branch, and federal agencies have moved to turn this crucial open data law into today’s reality.
Now that the deadline has arrived, reporting has begun, and the data set is live, we’re beginning to see the impact. But we need you to participate in order to realize all the benefits.