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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."

 

Nine Months to Reporting Deadline, GAO Finds Two Big DATA Act Challenges


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released two reports assessing the federal government’s work on the DATA Act. Nine months from now, in May 2017, every federal agency must begin reporting standardized spending data. If the agencies follow the law, and if they report good, quality data, they’ll create the world’s most valuable open data set: a single, standardized view of the spending of the entire federal executive branch.

 

Panelists: Open Data Standards Enable Oversight


At this morning’s Data Breakfast, hosted by the Data Coalition and presented by Esri, current and former federal analytics leaders, moderated by former Postal Service Inspector General Dave Williams, explored the use of analytics for oversight. The panelists were unanimous: if agencies invest in consistent data standards for the wealth of information that they collect and generate, anti­fraud analytics can generate outsized returns.

 

Congress to Executive Branch: Don’t just “go through the motions” on the DATA Act


Today the Data Coalition commended the House Oversight Committee’s subcommittees on Information Technology and Government Operations on an effective oversight hearing on the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014, the nation’s first open data law. Jointly chaired by IT subcommittee chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Government Operations subcommittee chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC), the hearing revealed that federal agencies are on track to transform their spending information from disconnected documents into standardized, open data by May 2017, as the DATA Act requires.

 

Federal Government Proposes First Step Away from DUNS Number


To track its spending on contractors and grantees, the U.S. federal government uses a code that is proprietary - which means this public information can’t be shared without paying a private contractor. But yesterday, the government took a first step away from that inefficient and anti-competitive arrangement.

 

Guest post from Ari Hoffnung: Don’t Lose Sleep Over $619 Billion


We're much obliged to Ari Hoffnung, Senior Adviser at Coalition member Socrata, Inc., for this blog post. Socrata helps public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service, and data-driven decision-making. Ari is a national leader in promoting financial transparency and previously served as the New York City Deputy Comptroller for Budget & Public Affairs. He was also the driving force behind the award-winning Checkbook NYC website.

 

Top GAO official says DATA Act passage ‘single biggest thing’ Congress can do to identify wasteful spending


GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro In testimony delivered today before the House Oversight Committee, Gene Dodaro, who serves as the Comptroller General at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), called for Congressional action on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) to enable the proper tracking of federal spending information. Dodaro spoke about a […]

 

Capitol Hill Panel Discusses the DATA Act and Federal Spending Transparency


The Sunlight Foundation convened a Capitol Hill meeting of its Advisory Committee on Transparency on Monday for a panel discussion on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) and federal spending transparency. The panel brought together a number of constituencies that have a stake in open data reform, including perspectives from the executive branch, […]

 

As Senators negotiate the DATA Act, here’s what we hope they’re thinking about…


UPDATE, August 3, 2013: As predicted below, at its July 31 business meeting the Senate HSGAC did not consider the DATA Act. However, Chairman Tom Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn agreed to continue working on a consensus draft and to consider that draft at the committee’s next business meeting, scheduled for September 2013.The Senate […]