Press Releases

Treasury Launches Data Lab on Revamped USAspending.gov

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Fiscal Service launched the Data Lab. This analytics portal is hosted on the newly revamped USAspending.gov site, in accordance with the DATA Act of 2014.

House Oversight Committee Advances GREAT Act with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Defending Open, Accessible Federal Grant Data

One week after Representatives Virginia Foxx (NC-R-5) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34-D) introduced the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (H.R. 4887), the House Oversight and government Reform Committee marked-up the bill. The GREAT Act was favorably reported out of the Committee and will now move to the House floor for a vote.

Data Coalition Endorses Legislation to Modernize Federal Grant Reporting

This week Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5-R) and Congressmen Jimmy Gomez (CA-34-D), Mike Quigley (IL-5-D) and Derek Kilmer (WA-6-D) introduced the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (H.R. 4887). The Data Coalition, the nation’s only open data trade association, endorsed the bill.

OPEN Government Data Act Passes the House for the First Time

Today, for the first time, the OPEN Government Data (OPEN) Act  passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The House unanimously approved the bill under suspension of the rules. The OPEN Government Data Act is included as Title II in Speaker Ryan’s Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEBP) (HR 4174).

Speaker Ryan Backs the OPEN Government Data Act

Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the OPEN Government Data Act (OPEN) as a Title within his new Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEBP) (HR 4174). Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved the FEBP Act. The package bill is set to receive a vote on the House floor in the coming weeks.

Update: Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

Today, the Senate passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, championed by Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

OPEN Government Data Act Set to Clear Senate

Today the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (S.760; H.R. 1770), as championed by Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), was incorporated into a package of amendments (S.Amdt.1003) representing the final negotiated Senate FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S. 1519; H.R. 2810).

Bipartisan, Bicameral OPEN Government Data Act Reintroduced

Today a bicameral and bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (H.R. 1770). The OPEN Government Data Act will require all federal agencies to publish their information online, using non-proprietary, machine-readable data formats. Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) led the reintroduction.

New Bill Would Bring Transparency and Openness for Federal Laws

Congressman David Brat (R-VA) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) have reintroduced the Statutes at Large Modernizations Act (SALMA), H.R. 1729. If enacted, SALMA would put all historical federal laws online in a machine-readable, open data format.

Financial Transparency Act Re-introduced

Twenty-eight Members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), have reintroduced the Financial Transparency Act (H.R. 1530). If enacted, the Financial Transparency Act would be the nation’s first RegTech law. The bill would modernize the U.S. financial regulatory reporting process from unstructured documents into fully searchable, standardized, and machine-readable data.

SEC Takes a Leap Towards Modernized Corporate Data

Today the Securities and Exchange Commission’s two sitting commissioners, Michael Piwowar and Kara Stein, unanimously voted to propose rule changes to require public companies to file their financial statements using the Inline XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) open data format.

Senate Unanimously Passes Broad Open Data Mandate, OPEN Government Data Act; Now the 115th Congress Must Take Action

Early this morning the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (S.2852), sending a strong signal to the incoming 115th Congress that the bill can quickly be passed by both chambers upon re-introduction in January.