Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted in the affirmative to advance the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act in the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395) for Fiscal Year 2021. The bipartisan bill leverages and builds upon recent data-centric reforms like the DATA Act of 2014 and the Evidence Act of 2018. The Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act uses existing government-wide financial data standards to make information about federal expenditures more readily available and transparent to American taxpayers.This will increase the understanding of how to improve the productivity and impact of federal programs delivering valuable services to the American public.
The Data Coalition’s CEO Nick Hart release the following statement:
“The Data Coalition applauds members of the House of Representatives for including and advancing the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act (Amendment 237) in the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395) for Fiscal Year 2021. This bill will provide the American public, Congress, and federal managers valuable information to make informed decisions about the operations of the federal government. At a time when the country has a great need for transparency and accountability, the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act will provide valuable open data that will ultimately help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs.”