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Treasury Department Publishes Long-­Awaited Data Format for Federal Spending

Last Friday, Treasury released the final schema on its Federal Spending Transparency GitHub portal. Friday's announcement also included specific instructions to agencies on how to create and upload standardized data files that conform to the 57 DATA Act elements and the DATA Act Schema.

Panelists: Open Data Standards Enable Oversight

At this morning’s Data Breakfast, hosted by the Data Coalition and presented by Esri, current and former federal analytics leaders, moderated by former Postal Service Inspector General Dave Williams, explored the use of analytics for oversight. The panelists were unanimous: if agencies invest in consistent data standards for the wealth of information that they collect and generate, anti­fraud analytics can generate outsized returns.

Congress to Executive Branch: Don’t just “go through the motions” on the DATA Act

Today the Data Coalition commended the House Oversight Committee’s subcommittees on Information Technology and Government Operations on an effective oversight hearing on the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014, the nation’s first open data law. Jointly chaired by IT subcommittee chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Government Operations subcommittee chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC), the hearing revealed that federal agencies are on track to transform their spending information from disconnected documents into standardized, open data by May 2017, as the DATA Act requires.

Data Coalition Endorses OPEN Government Data Act

The Data Coalition, which represents the growing open data industry, today applauded the introduction of the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX). The OPEN Government Data Act directs all federal agencies to publish their information as machine-readable data, using searchable formats. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) are expected to introduce the OPEN Government Data Act in the Senate shortly.

Open Data will Transform California’s Government and Society

Over 100 attendees participated in the Data Coalition’s second annual California Data Demo Day in Sacramento. Hosted by Socrata, with additional sponsorship from the Department of Better Technology, the event spotlighted the state’s step-by-step progress in adopting consistent data standards to make its data searchable and publishing it for all to scrutinize and use.

Data Coalition announces name change and sister organization

The Data Transparency Coalition is changing its name to Data Coalition. Today also marks the launch of the Data Foundation, the nation’s first industry-focused open data research organization. Through research, education, and programming, the new Foundation will illuminate the benefits of transforming government information into standardized, open data.

Replacing Financial Reports with Data Could Save Billions

Washington, D.C. - Financial expert Allan Mendelowitz today estimated that if U.S. financial regulatory agencies adopted consistent data formats for the information they collect, instead of using today’s document-based reports, a typical large investment firm could save "20 to 30 percent of operating expenses, or $200 to $300 million annually,” with similar savings across the whole financial industry.

Small Business Administration Demos First-ever DATA Act Visualization Platform at Data Coalition Breakfast

Washington, D.C. - The Data Transparency Coalition (DTC) applauded the Small Business Administration for teeing off on DATA Act implementation. The Coalition hosted a breakfast at PwC to provide an opportunity to hear from the front-line DATA Act implementers—the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Data Transparency 2015 Connects Current Change and Future Vision for Open Data

Washington, D.C. - Nearly 500 registrants participated today in Data Transparency 2015, Washington's largest-ever open data policy conference, hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition. Live demonstrations showed how reforms like last year’s Digital Accountability and Transparency act (DATA Act) are bringing about democratic accountability for citizens, data-driven management within government, and automated compliance for businesses.

Coalition Applauds Complete Federal Spending Data Standards

Today, applying the DATA Act of 2014, the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget finalized the 57 data fields that could deliver transformative transparency to U.S. citizens, data-driven management within federal agencies, and automated reporting for grantees and contractors. Supporters of modernizing government should applaud the nearly sixteen months of hard work by Treasury and OMB leaders that brought us to this point.

Data Transparency Coalition hosts Data Demo Day at the California State Capitol in support of open data policies

Sacramento, California - Legislators, technology companies, government leaders, and civic technologists got a "taste" of the benefits of open data at this morning's first-ever California Data Demo Day at the State Capitol, hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition and presented by Teradata. Coalition members showcased technologies to visualize, analyze, and automate government information, transforming disconnected documents into open, searchable data.

Data Transparency Coalition Commends House Oversight Committee on vigorous leadership for spending transparency

Washington, D.C. - The Data Transparency Coalition (DTC) today applauded the House Oversight Committee for its hearing on the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). Today’s hearing, conducted jointly by the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Government Operations, validated the importance of the DATA Act as a transformative piece of legislation, bringing the government’s spending data into the 21st century.