Posts tagged as ‘Congress


Open Data in the Age of Trump

FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HUDSON HOLLISTER: "We call on the new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to enforce (and expand) the DATA Act, embrace a government-wide transformation of all information resources through the OPEN Government Data Act, and initiate regulatory reforms that use open data to reduce burdens, governed by the Financial Transparency Act and other reforms. I am optimistic that we will realize all three goals."


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.


Coalition Endorses a More Open CRS

Last week a multi-year campaign to let the public see Congressional research reports paid off. On Thursday, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced House and Senate versions of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (Open CRS Act; H.R. 4702 and S. 2639). The Open CRS Act aims to publically release the renowned legislative research products produced by the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) on a public web portal.


President’s Budget Request Released: DATA Act Implementation Moves Forward at Treasury and Key Agencies, but OMB Isn’t Focusing

This Tuesday morning the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the full Fiscal Year 2017 budget request. This first fiscal shot across the bow establishes President Obama’s vision for how the Executive branch will be managed at the end of his second term. It expresses his legacy priorities by assigning dollar values. More than any policy statement or hearing testimony could, the budget shows how the Obama Administration views the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).


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.


Replacing Financial Reports with Data Could Save Billions

Washington, D.C. - Financial expert Allan Mendelowitz today estimated that if U.S. financial regulatory agencies adopted consistent data formats for the information they collect, instead of using today’s document-based reports, a typical large investment firm could save "20 to 30 percent of operating expenses, or $200 to $300 million annually,” with similar savings across the whole financial industry.


New Proposal: Transform U.S. Statutes at Large into Open Data

The open data transformation hasn’t made its way to the Statutes at Large yet. But yesterday, Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) proposed a bill to change that. The Statutes at Large Modernization Act (H.R. 4006) directs the National Archives and Records Administration to publish an official open-data version of the Statutes at Large. The Data Transparency Coalition endorsed the Statutes at Large Modernization Act because it takes a giant step toward our ultimate goal: all U.S. legislative and regulatory materials should be open data, instead of documents.