Press Release

Media Advisory: DATA Act Summit and DATA Demo Day Will Chart Course for Transforming Federal Spending


Washington, D.C. – Please join the Data Transparency Coalition in Washington on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10, for the second annual DATA Act Summit and DATA Demo Day – the largest-ever public event focused on federal spending data.

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) requires the federal executive branch to transform the whole corpus of spending information from disconnected documents and siloed reports into standardized, open data.

In early May, the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget, meeting their first statutory deadline, announced the data standards that will govern all federal spending. Agencies must report their spending consistently with the data standards beginning in May 2017. Meanwhile, grantees and contractors will participate in a pilot program that determines whether the same standards should be imposed on their reports.

The DATA Act Summit, presented by Workiva, will bring together the Congressional supporters of the DATA Act; the lead implementers from Treasury, OMB, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the General Services Administration; the tech companies whose solutions will utilize newly-standardized spending data to deliver new value for citizens and government; the nonprofit transparency advocates who helped to pass the law; and grantees and contractors hoping to automate their compliance processes using the new standards.

On June 9, Data Transparency Coalition members will present their data-driven solutions to Congress at the DATA Demo Day in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. On June 10, the main Summit at the Washington Convention Center will assemble over 500 federal leaders and open data supporters.

Keynote addresses at the main Summit will feature Michael Horowitz, chair of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency, and Senator Mark Warner, who first introduced the Senate version of the DATA Act in June 2011. Panels will feature Christina Ho, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Transparency, Karen Lee, branch chief for management controls at the OMB Office of Federal Financial Management, and many other federal DATA Act leaders. A special colloquium between former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist will explore how different ideologies can agree on the need for open data in federal spending.

The complete agenda and list of speakers is available here: http://www.datacoalition.org/events/summits/data-act-summit/

All sessions are open to the media. Special partners include the Association of Government Accountants and ACT-IAC.

Media RSVP: Hudson Hollister – hudson.hollister@datacoalition.org

Details on DATA Demo Day, June 9

What: DATA Demo Day

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who: Data Transparency Coalition members, presenting data-driven solutions to utilize federal spending data for accountability, efficiency, and automation

Details on main Summit, June 10

What: main DATA Act Summit

Where:  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC 20001

When: Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Who:

  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Michael Horowitz, chair, CIGIE
  • J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, GAO
  • Mark Reger, Deputy Controller, OMB
  • Christina Ho, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Transparency, Treasury
  • Karen Lee, Branch Chief, Office of Federal Financial Management, OMB
  • Amy Edwards, Senior Advisor for Financial Transparency, Treasury
  • Christopher Zeleznik, Strategy Director, DATA Act Program Management Office, HHS
  • Judith Zawatsky, Outreach Director, Integrated Acquisition Environment, GSA
  • Ralph Nader, founder, Public Citizen
  • Grover Norquist, founder, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Many others!

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About the Data Transparency Coalition

The Data Transparency Coalition is the only trade association pursuing the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, the Coalition supports policy reforms that require consistent data standardization and publication. Data transparency enhances accountability, improves government management, reduces compliance costs, and stimulates innovation. Representing a cross-section of the technology industry, the Data Transparency Coalition membership includes market leaders such as Teradata Corporation, Workiva, RR Donnelley, Booz Allen Hamilton, and CGI Federal and growing start-ups such as Enigma.io and Level One Technologies. For more information, visit datacoalition.org.


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