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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.


FindTheBest makes U.S. contract data accessible–and previews the transformation the DATA Act might bring

This guest post by Nina Quattrocchi, a senior product associate at FindTheBest, explains how FindTheBest adds value to currently-available U.S. federal spending data–and how the DATA Act could deliver more accurate, more complete information for FindTheBest to publish for citizens’ use. FindTheBest is a Startup Member of the Data Transparency Coalition.


Sen. Warner Rejects OMB Revisions to DATA Act

Update, Jan. 29, 4:54 pm EST: A spokesperson for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tells the Washington Post that the congressman stands by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in rejecting the proposed revisions: “Chairman Issa strongly agrees with Senator Warner that OMB’s apparent efforts to strip out meaningful transparency reforms from the bipartisan DATA Act are unacceptable”  […]


Leak Reveals White House OMB Effort to Remove Key Provisions from DATA Act

By Hudson Hollister UPDATE, Jan. 28, 5:22 pm EST: Sen. Warner has publicly rejected OMB’s proposed revisions to the DATA Act. ————————————–  According to leaked documents first reported this evening by Federal News Radio, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced to federal agencies on Friday afternoon that it would ask the […]


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, […]


DATA Act clears Senate committee as amendment drops accountability platform

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the DATA Act today by unanimous vote and reported it to the full U.S. Senate. The DATA Act aims to transform the federal government’s complex structure of disconnected spending documents into open data—structured, standardized, and available for anyone to use. The bill directs the U.S. Treasury Department to set government-wide data standards for federal financial, payment, grant, and contract reports, and then publish the whole corpus online.


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 […]


Big Apple’s Big Data Beats Washington’s

NYC Opens Government Spending Checkbook to Improve Lives of New Yorkers; Doesn’t Measure Up As Washington works to expose the Big Data of Big Government with the reintroductionof the DATA Act, New York City has already solved the Big Data problem associated with its own spending. Checkbook NYC is the cutting edge of government […]