Press Release

Inaugural “Data Transparency Summit” to Feature Key Legislators and Executive Branch Officials


Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) will join with Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and key executive branch leaders to present a vision for delivering transparency in federal spending data at the first-ever “Data Transparency Summit” on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Union Market in Washington, DC.

“The Data Transparency Summit will chart a course of action for transparency in federal spending disclosures through collaboration between legislative leaders, executive branch officials and innovators who are already delivering results,” said Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Transparency Coalition, in announcing the summit.

Hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition and presented by PwC, the summit is announced as the U.S. Senate is poised to consider the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), sponsored by Senators Warner and Portman. The DATA Act, which passed the House of Representatives in a 388-1 vote in November 2013, would standardize and publish the federal government’s spending data.

The summit will bring together key DATA Act sponsors from the legislative branch with Obama administration officials who are working to transform federal spending reports from disconnected documents into structured open data. Three specialized tracks focusing on accountability, management, and compliance will seek common ground on how to effectively implement mandates for data transparency, including the DATA Act and President Obama’s Open Data Policy.

Confirmed participants include:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

Dick Ginman, Chair, Government Accountability and Transparency Board

Christina Ho, Deputy Commissioner, Fiscal Service, U.S. Treasury Department

David Williams, Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service

Additional support for the Data Transparency Summit includes track sponsors WebFilings and StreamLink Software, lunch host Socrata, and media partner Federal News Radio.

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