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House Transparency Conference Showcases Data Modernization Projects

On Thursday, July 12, the House Administration Committee hosted the 6th Annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference, which brought individuals from government agencies together with data users and transparency advocates to foster a conversation about the use of legislative data, how agencies use technology, and how they can use it better in the future.

Administration’s New Federal Data Strategy: Opportunities, Limitations, and Context

If you have been following along with the White House Performance Management Agenda (PMA), you will have noticed the release of the Second Quarter Action plans late last month. At the Data Coalition, we are zeroing in on Cross Agency Priority (CAP) Goal 2: Data as a Strategic Asset and Goal 8: Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants Management.

House Financial Services Committee Continues Four-Year Campaign to Eliminate Most Open Data on Corporate Finance

For over four years, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee have been trying to pass a bill that would prevent the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from collecting searchable financial data from most public companies. Fortunately, it is probably never going to become law. But why are the biotech industry and the Financial Services Committee leadership so fixated on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act?

Florida Leads the Way on Budget Transparency with Municipal XBRL

A more efficient, 21st Century approach is to retain all the data in “machine-readable form” rather than converting it into and the back out of a print format. The primary technology that enables the transfer of financial data from statement filers to users is eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).

Looking Back at 2017: When Open Data Took Hold

As the Data Coalition celebrated its fifth birthday, our ambitious agenda had taken hold for U.S. federal spending information – and was on its way to transforming the rest of the federal information portfolio as well. Here’s a look at our biggest data reform stories of 2017 and a glimpse of what to expect next year.

New GSA Statements: End in Sight for DUNS Monopoly?

A new procurement announcement from the General Services Administration (GSA) has confirmed that the U.S. federal government is seriously considering a new, open future for the way its contractors and grantees are identified. The end may be in sight for the status quo, in which one company holds a monopoly over contract and grant spending data.

California Data Demo Day: 5 New Lessons on Transparency Outside and Efficiency Inside

On October 19th in Sacramento, our California Data Demo Day brought together more than 100 supporters of opening up the Golden State’s data, representing dozens of government agencies and tech companies. Grant Thornton, Xcential, and OpenGov made our event possible through their sponsorship. Our morning of speeches, panels, and live demonstrations celebrated the impacts of open data for California: transparency outside, efficiency inside.