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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."


Treasury Unveils DATA Act-Mandated Upgrade 18 Months Early

Eight years ago, as a result of the Federal Funding and Accountability Act, the United States launched a website that would forever change U.S. government transparency efforts. In 2007, commenced to provide information on federal contract and grant awards. For the first time, anyone could access a user friendly website and search for award information on federal contracts, purchase cards, grants, and loans. Last week, the Department of the Treasury unveiled an upgraded version at The phrase “Open Beta” in the new site’s URL reflects that this is a work in progress, not a finished product.


Here’s How SBA Teed Off on DATA Act Standards. (Join us for Breakfast on Tuesday to learn more!)

Working with the Treasury Department and GSA’s 18F tech team, the SBA developed a template to connect information from its existing spending systems—accounting details, budget plans, appropriations accounts, grant-writing, contract-writing—to the corresponding DATA Act standards. Treasury calls the template—which is now being offered to all agencies, open-source—a “data broker.”


Treasury and OMB Announce DATA Act Standards! Here’s What You Need to Know.

One year ago yesterday, President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. The Treasury Department and the White House met the law's first deadline on Friday, May 8 (a day early!), by announcing the data standards that will transform federal spending into open data. In this post, you'll find a full rundown of Friday's announcement; an unvarnished assessment of what's good, what's bad, and what's vague about it; and key next steps supporters can take.


Here’s what DATA standards should look like (Dump DUNS)

USASpending on a laptopLast week, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Treasury Department collected formal comments from all interested parties on the crucial first step of implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). By May 2015, Treasury and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must establish government-wide data standards for federal spending.


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.